Variety Club’s Gold Heart Ball at the Sheraton Society Hill

On Christmas Eve in 1927, a baby was left on the doorstep of a theater company with a note attached reading: “Please take care of my baby, her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her, I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business and I pray to God that you will look after her.”
-A Heart-Broken Mother
As a result, Variety Club International (now Variety – The Children’s Charity) was founded by the eleven entertainers who discovered Baby Catherine. Its sole purpose was to help the less fortunate and to lend a hand to various civic and charitable organizations. Variety is a not-for-profit organization that takes pride in providing programs and services to special-needs children.Currently, Variety has over 50 tents nationally and internationally.On a picture perfect Thursday evening afternoon, The Variety Club of Philadelphia hosted their annual gala at the Sheraton Society hell. Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia has been serving children with disabilities since 1935.Our programs and services are designed to best address the children’s physical, social, medical, educational, and recreational needs without regards to economic status, race, creed, gender, or type of disability.Variety serves children between birth and 18 with temporary and/or permanent disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or congenital conditions. The event included a cocktail reception followed by a silent auction that consisted of golf plays at the many courses in the Delaware Valley, their was also a live auction, and entertainment by the CTO Band.I like this auction item which was a replica of the flag used in the movie Caddyshack and signed by actor Chevy Chase.
Attending the gala were Ann Catania of Ten Pennies, past president of Variety, Vincent N. Mariniello and his grand daughter Michelle Conron, Skai Blue Media,
Clear Channel peeps: Nicole Michalik and Lorraine Ballard
Troy Brown, Jack Brown, Marcia Kahn, Randi Brown and Stacy Brown
The Quaker City Mummers Band ushered us all into the dining room.
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Christian White, Maria Lyce Iback and Katie Spencer have all been to the Variety Club camps and enjoyed the friends and skills they learned there.

Christina Hughes, Tim Hughes and Amanda Blocklanger converse at the event
American wheelchair athlete Amanda McGrory and Kelly Green executive director at Variety Club
Dean Nelinsone, Laura Grey, Michael Gray Sr and Michael Gray Jr
The CTO band entertained the crowd all night packing the dance floor. There’s our friend Amber Dawson, Glam Luxe.
By hosting a number of special events throughout the year (including the Golf Buddies Tournament of Champions) Variety- The Children’s Charity delivers happiness and opportunities to the lives of children throughout the region—one smile at a time. Planned Giving – Variety Philadelphia