Originally called Variety Club, this organization founded an Iowa chapter in 1937. Since the inception of a Telethon in 1975, Variety has raised more than $100 Million to help Iowa’s children. While the Telethon is the organization’s largest fundraiser, Variety hosts a number of other events every year: Polo on the Green, Miller Lite Variety Golf Tournament, Spirits of Spring, Savor Des Moines, Sweethearts Charity Auction, and a Black Tie Dinner, to name just a few. With the generous support of individuals and the corporate community, Variety provides funding for capital projects, essential medical equipment, and special programs to more than 300 charities throughout Iowa and neighboring states. In addition, Variety is well known for providing Variety Vans which provide transportation to children across the state. Susan and I were proud to serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2012 Telethon. Variety is a WINNER for all the ways it helps children lead better lives.