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Published on August 31, 2007

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Variety of Iowa newsletter


2006-2007 FROM THE PRESIDENT… Variety – The Children’s Charity Mark Vukovich Officers & Board of Directors The culmination of our year happens March 3rd and 4th when Variety conducts the largest telethon in Iowa. Since PRESIDENT Mark Vukovich our first telethon in 1975, Variety has given nearly 70 million dollars to over 300 children’s charities in all 99 counties, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT Steve Eden and put nearly 300 Sunshine vans on the road to transport children. Variety’s mission of helping children and making a 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Dave Southwell difference in their lives is always our end goal. TREASURER Stan W. Reynolds I would like to thank everyone involved in Variety, the SECRETARY Joanne Mangold executive committee, the board of directors, the staff, and all of our dedicated volunteers who have served on IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Lana Jones-Gould numerous committees or as VIP’s. A special thanks this year goes to Bill and Wicker Van Orsdel for all the West Glen grand opening events and the proceeds they generated BOARD MEMBERS for Variety. Kim Baer Sheila Hourigan Vicky Slagle Bill Boyd Pat Knueven Jill Smith This year the honorary chairs for central Iowa are Bob Rod Burns Linda Koehn Kari Smith and Cynthia Cramer. They are dedicated to improving the Diane Caldbeck Kathryn Kunert John Snyder lives of Iowa’s special needs children through the Variety Reynolds Cramer Scott N. Linn Ron Taylor fund raising process. I am thankful for their efforts and April Daily Jeff Lorenzen Kirk Tibbetts their friendship. Les Davis Pauline Lund Wicker VanOrsdel Rosalie Gallagher Dave Maurer Nick VanPatten As we approach the telethon, we all must remember that Kyle Gamble Soozie McBroom Zac Voss the need of Iowa’s children has never been greater. Without Eileen Gannon Drew McLellan Eric Walker Variety – The Children’s Charity, thousands of children would Toni Gerleman Karen Novak Jon Wendel lead less comfortable, productive, and happy lives. Those Steve Gooding Marshall Porter Brad Winterbottom children challenged by physical and mental disabilities, Terence Greenley Joe Proctor Maria Wittern poverty, abuse, and neglect would suffer even more. It is Susan Heun Maury Reding Han Wu our responsibility as the largest children’s charity in Iowa Laura Hollingsworth Scott Rundall to raise as much money as we possibly can to prevent this from happening. VARIETY INTERNATIONAL Thanks for all that you do, Mark Vukovich Mike Reilly Jody Reynolds Stanley J Reynolds EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sheri McMichael PAST PRESIDENTS Steve Blank Jody Reynolds Kirk Tibbetts Stanley J. Reynolds Keith Swanson Dave Maurer Mike Reilly Jim Spratt Joe Proctor Ray Johnson Eric Turner Gregg Gustafson J Glasnapp Bruce Sherman Suzie Glazer Burt Mike Anderson Mike Knapp Rosalie Gallagher Jack Pray Loretta Sieman Jack Price Jim Willer Brad Winterbottom Terry Greenley Steve Jacobs Charles Taylor Lana Jones – Gould 2 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007

Bob and Cynthia Cramer are the central Iowa Honorary Chairs for the CENTRAL IOWA 33rd Annual Variety Telethon to be held on March 3 and 4, 2007. HONORARY CHAIRS Bob is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Fareway Stores Inc., Cynthia & Bob Cramer headquartered in Boone, Iowa. Fareway is the leading economical retail grocery company in the Midwest. The company specializes in selling USDA Choice beef, non injected pork and poultry cut to order for your selection, and top quality produce. They are closed on Sunday, while being open, 8 am- 9 pm, Monday through Saturday, serving the public in over 93 locations in three states. “Community involvement has always been a priority for me personally and professionally.” said Cramer. Cramer is actively involved throughout the community working with various charities and philanthropic organizations, including serving as President of the Boone Educational Endowment Foundation, President of Iowa Grocers Educational Foundation, and on the boards of National MDA, Boone County Family Y, Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Des Moines YMCA. Additionally he serves as a Trustee to Buena Visa University and on the boards of Boone Bank & Trust and Ames National “We certainly believe in Variety’s mission of Bank Corporation. supporting children’s charities throughout Cynthia serves as President of Chapter NP, PEO, board member of the Foundation Iowa. When asked to serve as Honorary for the Boone Area Humane Society, Lowell Club Study Group, Quester’s and last, but Chairs for Telethon 2007, the timing was just certainly not least, as a supporter of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Iowa. right and we were thrilled to represent all of Bob and Cynthia have a long history in supporting Variety – The Children’s Charity the volunteers in Iowa that work so hard for the benefit of the kids.” of Iowa, with 25 years of annual support for a number of Variety activities, including the Black Tie Dinners, Polo on the Green, the Stars Dinner and VIP Panel fund raising. “ We believe Variety is especially effective be- The Cramer family attended their first Telethon in 1982. cause of its dedicated and passionate staff. They and all the volunteers make a differ- ence, and in addition, they all seem to have a good time while doing their great work.” Variety – The Children’s Charity of Iowa is honored to have Thomas J. Berthel as EASTERN IOWA honorary chair for the 2007 Eastern Iowa Telethon. HONORARY CHAIR Berthel is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Berthel Fisher & Company, a financial services holding company located in Marion, Iowa. Variety Tom Berthel touched the lives of Berthel’s family when his twin grandchildren spent their first days in a hospital with Variety’s name on the walls. Tom and his wife, Deanna, visited the twins frequently in Des Moines’ Blank Children’s Hospital. “My foursome won a charity golf outing in the summer of 2006, and we knew Variety would be the perfect recipient for our prize,” said Berthel. “Variety played a part in caring for my grandchildren, so it was the least I could do.” The 21st Annual Eastern Iowa Variety Telethon will air March 5-9 during the morning, midday, and early evening news broadcasts on KWWL – Channel 7. More than 500 Eastern Iowa volunteers will participate. The phone panels will be in the KWWL studio in Waterloo, as well as in the Alliant Tower lobby in Cedar Rapids during the broadcasts. Berthel is actively involved throughout the community working with various charities and philanthropic organizations, including the Midwest Division Board for the American Cancer Society. In addition, the associates and employees of Berthel Fisher & Company will pledge their time during the Telethon on three phone panels. “Community involvement has always been a priority for me personally and professionally,” said Berthel. “I am looking forward to appearing on the telethon to encourage others to support this worthy cause with their pledges.” Berthel Fisher & Company provides full-service securities brokerage services for investors representing over 350 registered representatives in 38 states, investment banking services for mature companies and entrepreneurs, leases and loans for growing business, and a full array of insurance products. FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 3

BIKES FOR KIDS reaches out in Eastern Iowa The Eastern Iowa committee of Variety worked hard this past year to reach out beyond Cedar Rapids and become a presence throughout the area. The Bikes for Kids program in Cedar Rapids typically gives away 70-80 bicycles, helmets, and bike locks to kids whose families cannot otherwise afford them. This year, however, by work- ing with the Toys “R” Us store in Cedar Rapids and with Hy-Vee Volunteers from Variety’s Eastern Iowa committee, from Covenant Food Stores in Dubuque and Waterloo, Variety nearly doubled Medical Center in Waterloo, and from the University of Northern Iowa the number of bikes distributed in Eastern Iowa this year. gathered in the parking lot of the University Avenue Hy-Vee in Waterloo to give bikes to kids this past summer. Many of the children receiving bikes this year lived with their families in homeless or domestic-violence shelters. A few spe- Variety’s Bikes for Kids programs cial kids had been transplanted to Eastern Iowa after Hurricane brought huge smiles to the Katrina devastated New Orleans. faces of kids in Waterloo and Dubuque for the first time this year. The committee will continue to expand the program to other communities throughout Eastern Iowa, wherever children are in need of an opportunity like this. 2006 Bikes for Kids Nothing can compare to seeing a child ride a bike for the very first time in their life or to the many smiles, hugs and thanks when they get that bike. To date this year, Variety – the Children’s Charity of central Iowa has given 362 bikes to deserving children who would otherwise not have a bicycle of their own. With the help of Young Variety and numerous volunteers, Variety has held successful events in Winterset, Pella, Fort Dodge, Boone and Des Moines, to name a few. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful program, or if you would like to sponsor a bike for a child, contact the Variety office at (515)-243-4660. 4 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007

Variety/Leinenkugel Golf Invitational raises a new record! On Tuesday, August 8, Variety’s Eastern Iowa committee hosted its annual Variety/Leinenkugel Golf Invitational presented by Weitz at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids. Two hundred and eighty-two golfers came out to compete and sup- port Eastern Iowa’s kids, despite occasionally threat- ening skies. Everyone enjoyed sandwiches provided by Hy-Vee Food Stores for lunch and a delicious dinner contributed by the folks at Outback Steakhouse. The volunteer organizers of the event, led by Jim Lingo of the Collins Road Hy-Vee, successfully planned a day that included prize opportunities at all eighteen holes, a putting contest, a silent auction, hole-in-one prizes, and much more. The planning and hard work paid off when, at the Members of the planning committee for Eastern Iowa’s golf event present a check end of the day, the event raised a whopping for their record-breaking 2006 fundraiser. From right: Jeff Hubler, Mount Vernon $45,000 for Eastern Iowa’s kids. Road Hy-Vee; Brent Heinz, First Avenue Hy-Vee; Larry Gladson, Elmcrest Country Club; Jamie Franck, Edgewood Road Hy-Vee; and chairman Jim Lingo, Collins Road Hy-Vee. Catch the Spirits of Spring in Eastern Iowa The Cedar Rapids Marriott has, for 18 years, hosted a fantastic springtime fundraiser for Variety in Eastern Iowa. This year, the annual wine festival is growing to encompass premium beers and liquors and will be known as Spirits of Spring! On Friday, April 27, 7-10 p.m., everyone is invited to the Cedar Rapids Marriott for delicious hors d’oeuvres, entertaining games, and a fabulous silent auction. Guests will be able to sample from hundreds of fine wines, beers, and liquors throughout the evening and even purchase their favorites in bulk from representatives from local Hy-Vee Food Stores. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and may be purchased at the Cedar Rapids Marriott or by calling the Eastern Iowa Variety office at 319-398-6573. Anyone interested in participating, Debbie Neumeyer and contributing, or volunteering for the Heather Fortune Vestweber event should contact Shelley at of the wine festival’s planning committee enjoy their evening at the 2006 event. Eastern Iowa’s annual wine festival has a new name for 2007 – Spirits of Spring – and will feature premium beers and liquors in addition to the usual fine wines. FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 5

BLACK TIE DINNER Mark Vukovich, Variety President; Cynthia & Bob Cramer, Honorary Chairs; Jamie Pollard, ISU Athletic Director; Gene Chizik, ISU Football Coach; Laura Hollingsworth & Doug Ireland, event Chairs; Ted Stephens, KPWB and Mike Wilson, KDSM The 2007 Black Tie Dinner was held on Thursday, January passion for his family (wife Jonna, identical twin daughters 11th, at the Sheraton in West Des Moines. For many years this Landry and Kennedy and son Cally). Gene shared that in his dinner has been a “must attend” for companies and individuals first interview with Jamie Pollard for the ISU coaching position throughout Iowa, and a top money-raising event for Variety he was told about the work of Variety – and encouraged to – and this year proved no exception. The evening netted become involved, which he pledged to do. It must be noted $120,00 for the special needs children of Iowa, through the that Jamie Pollard, Athletic Director for Iowa State University more than 540 attendees and our generous sponsors. (and last year’s powerful key note speaker) was instrumental in securing Chizik for this year’s event. Not only was Pollard in Our first speaker of the evening was Variety’s own Reynolds attendance and at our head table for the evening, but he gave Cramer. Now a member of the board of directors, Reynolds Chizik a lively introduction. Following the event, both Gene first became familiar and involved with Variety through his and Jamie shared their time with the line of attendees wanting work at Fareway Stores. Later, he and his family became to meet and shake hands with them and thank them for being beneficiaries of Variety’s work and fundraising. Reynolds with us. shared the brave journey he and his family have taken with their daughter, Ashley, now 7, through several surgeries and medical New this year, Variety placed individual donation pledge care--and ultimately her diagnosis with a severe form of autism forms on each table and asked individuals who felt they could and need for full-time care. Reynolds stressed the criticality make a donation to do so. We also reminded everyone of and the quality of the assistance he and his family received our upcoming telethon in March and our need for everyone to through Variety-supported charities and offered his story as help us raise more money for Variety’s children in 2007. just one of so very many examples of the needs in Iowa. This year’s event could not have nearly as successful without Our keynote speaker this year was Gene Chizik. In November, our many dinner sponsors. These included event sponsors 2006, Chizik was hired to replace outgoing coach Dan Iowa Health Systems and Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. McCarney as head football coach of Iowa State University. Iowa Beverage System, Gallo Winery and Swiss Valley Farms New to the state of Iowa, the Black Tie dinner was Chizik’s were in-kind sponsors for the night. first speaking engagement in Iowa outside of his coaching The 2007 Black Tie event was a great success, and hopefully duties. He shared details about himself, offered inspiring just the start of more-to-come in this exciting year! stories from his coaching journey, and shared his insight and 6 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007

CENTRAL IOWA TELETHON 9pm March 3rd until 6pm March 4th Stephanie Angelson Brad Edwards Chris Flanagan SIOUX CITY QUAD CITY March 4, 2007 March 4, 2007 Larry Wentz Marla Rabe This is the 21st year that United Airlines has partnered with Variety – The Children’s Charity in helping fly in the cast of performers for the Variety Telethon. Over 20 people fly in from around the country to provide entertainment at the Des Moines Telethon and United has provided free upgrades. On behalf of the children of Iowa, we salute the friendly skies of United Airlines! Once again, the caring employee-owners of United Airlines will be working the toteboard in Des Moines for the entire Telethon. In recognition of the hard work of all the United Airline employees, we extend a special thanks to David Trachtenberg, United Airlines Marketing Manager. THANK YOU, UNITED AIRLINES!! FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 7

2007 TELETHON CAST Megan Bobo Jason Cook Charles Cozens Dakota Crosswhite Michael Danso Ben Davidson Miss Iowa Teen USA Dondino Michael Dore Jim“Hacksaw” Blake Emmons Steve Haberman Greg Hanna Duggan David Anthony Higgins Tatana Kucharova Samantha Murphy Kim Olson Darrin Otto Ed Podolak Miss World 2006 Dani Reeves Brandon Routh Sara Routh Emma Samms Denise Shipler Alyssa Simmons Miss Iowa USA Scott Smith Beth Smith Wicker VanOrsdel 8 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007

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