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Golf Fore! Kids
Pictured: Bob Lehninger, Bingo, Nancy & Scott Mohr
The 2017 Variety Spring Golf Classic was a success. More than 125 guests came out to raise funds for our Variety kids and programs!

Variety kid Madyjo and her parents joined us as our VIP guests and shared their personal story about how Variety has made an impact on their lives. Madyjo and her family attended Chatter Matters! Communication Camp last year and are looking forward to attending again this year.

We send a huge thank you to WaterStone Bank, our Presenting Sponsor, and all of our other sponsors, golfers and dinner guests who made this outing a success. We also thank Greg Essig, the owner of Western Lakes Golf Club and event chair of this outing, for his leadership and dedication. Without Greg, this event would not be possible.
Ben Marcus Memorial Variety Golf Classic

Monday, July 17th
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

We invite you to join us for the 40th Annual Ben Marcus Memorial Variety Golf Classic! 
This year will be the biggest and best event to date with new golf hole surprises and golf hole challenges! There will be a live auction, silent auction and a raffle including a TaylorMade golf club, a barrow of booze, and more!
With your participation and support of this event, we are able to make sure children with physical disabilities are able to actively participate in their communities and experience all of the joys that come with being a kid.

We hope you will join us!

Planned Giving Update

Recently we added three new members to our Legacy Club.  The first has specified that a percent of his IRA will be directed to Variety as part of his long term planning to support our Children's needs in the years to come.  The second new Legacy Club member forwarded to us a commitment memo that specified that an amount of cash has been set aside for Variety Children and verified his Family consent.  Our third Legacy Club member, a long term donor to Variety, has noted in a message to us that he and his wife have named Variety in their Will.  It's very gratifying to know that the Mission of Variety will be assured in the years to come.

If you have questions about our Legacy Club please call me at 262-777-2090 so we can discuss those questions.

-Bob Menefee, Development Director

Exclusive Wine Social
Tuesday, June 6th
Crush Wine Bar & Shop
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Crush Wine Bar is hosting an EXCLUSIVE wine tasting event for Variety and friends. We invite you and a guest to join us! This fun and interactive event will feature wine specialist Linda Quast, of Pure Wine Wisconsin, who will share her wine knowledge and expertise. Guests will enjoy an evening of wine pairings with select popcorn treats from Sunset Popcorn. Think Chardonnay with a light kiss of vanilla paired with banana creme popcorn!
Please RSVP ASAP by emailing Bob at or calling 262-777-2090.
Ben Marcus Memorial Variety Golf Classic
Monday, July 17th
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
LOV Guns & Rosé
Friday, September 22th
The Highlands Sportsmen's Club
Variety's Day for the Kids
Thursday, November 9th
The Pfister Hotel
Variety Sportsman's Classic
Friday, December 1st
The Highlands Sportsmen's Club

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential partners in fulfilling our mission! They bring additional effort, experiences, skills, diverse ideas and perspectives to the Variety team. Volunteers not only contribute their skills and manpower, but save staff time and money by performing a myriad of administrative and operational projects. We simply could not do it without our volunteers!

We invite YOU to join our volunteer team! Below are upcoming opportunities. Please email Dua at if you're interested.


Ben Marcus Memorial Variety Golf Classic, July 17th

  • Opportunities: registration, selling raffle tickets, setting up/checking out auction, photography, and more!

General Office

  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Data entry
  • More!
Support Variety With Your Online Shopping
Support Variety by doing your online shopping at AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to Variety!

It's simple! Just click here, log in to your Amazon account and make sure "Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin" is selected. Amazon and Variety do the rest!

May 2017

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 Meet Madyjo
Madyjo is a bubbly 5-year-old girl who absolutely loves life. Like other children her age, she expresses her emotions by sticking out her bottom lip when she is sad and stomping her feet and crossing her arms when she is mad. But because of Madyjo's diagnosis of Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, speaking and expressing her emotions verbally is extremely difficult for her. She had a limited set of words that she used to communicate with her family and friends.

Madyjo's world was changed forever when she and her family attended Variety's Chatter Matters! Communication Camp. Because of friends like YOU, Madyjo experienced the joy of camp with her mom, dad, and two brothers last summer. As a family, they learned how to communicate using a computer that is installed with special communication software--all with the goal of helping Madyjo increase her communication ability. Madyjo's favorite part about camp was being with other kids who use "talkers" and meeting her new friend Emma who uses the same type of communication device as she does!
Madyjo and her friend Emma chat with one another through their communication devices!

Chatter Matters! was life-changing, not just for Madyjo, but for her entire family. For her dad, camp helped him realize the value of providing Madyjo with the skills to verbally express her wants and needs. For her brothers, camp helped them realize that they are not alone and that there are other kids like their sister. Shortly after camp last year, Madyjo got her very own communication device to use at home. It opened a whole new world and set of vocabulary words for her to use. Madyjo's family looks forward to returning to camp this summer to build on the skills they learned last year.

With the help of friends like YOU, Madyjo is able to find her voice. Please help us make this possible for other children this year! Donate now!

Discover Why Fields Matters!

Fields Jaguar Land Rover Volvo in Waukesha will donate $500 to Variety for every new and used car purchased or leased at their Waukesha dealership between today and July 31st, 2017. Please mention "VARIETY" and you will see why "VARIETY KIDS MATTER."

For more information, please call 262-970-5900 or visit Fields Auto, 1901 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

Put Some Windex On It!
Three of the Ladies of Variety: Gerise LaSpisa, Lisa Tomachek, Maria Eugenia Rodriguez

Our sold out LOV (Ladies of Variety) event, "My Big Fat Dinner & A Chick Flick", was a screaming good time! We started the night off with lots of great raffle prizes and a cocktail party with drink specials in the Take Five Lounge at Marcus Majestic Cinema. Then we enjoyed a screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and a delicious Greek inspired dinner.

At the end of the fun-filled night, each lady took home a beautiful gift bag filled with goodies which were generously donated by our sponsors Marcus Theatres, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, and Royal Corporation. Each goody bag contained Windex (we just had to "put Windex on it") and toiletries from Well Spa + Salon.
We thank everyone who helped make our event a success including our event guests, Marcus Theatres, the Marcus Majestic Cinema staff, and the Ladies of Variety a.k.a. LOV who planned and executed this event. 

Stay tuned for future LOV events!

Donor Spotlight    
Store managers Debbie Elliott and Connor Schroeder present a check to Variety!

We extend our sincere thanks to the ShopKo Foundation  for their generous grant in support of Chatter Matters! Communication Camp. Their support will send one child to Chatter Matters! next month to learn how to better communicate using assistive technology and best of all-find their voice!