About Us


Our Story

Variety the Children’s Charity was founded in 1927 by a group of eleven men after finding an abandoned baby named Catherine at the Sheridan Square Theater in Pittsburgh, PA. Recognizing the challenges Catherine faced they established Variety to assist less fortunate children. Since then the organization has grown tremendously. Today Variety the Children’s Charity of New York is part of a multi-million dollar international foundation, with 50 chapters in 14 countries.

Our Mission

All children are special. Variety – the Children’s Charity’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. These are extra special children who require a special kind of help. Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local, national and international level. Our aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares our ideals and objectives – the profound and long-term life changing benefits your donation and support delivers to a child cannot be overstated. Although Variety’s work is serious, we never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Variety’s Care Program

Delivers critical life-saving medical equipment and services, healthcare and well-being to individual children and children’s health organizations.

Variety’s Freedom Program

Delivers vital life-changing equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children’s organizations.

Variety’s Future Program

Delivers crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations.

Our Board

We take our committment to children in the New York area incredibly seriously and for that reason we have assembled a fantastic and diverse team of executives to direct and focus our cause.

Josh Pugh


Daniel Loria

Darryl Schaffer Variety the Childrens Charity of New York

Darryl Schaffer

Board Member
Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Board Member

Jacinthe Armstrong

Board Member

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