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Variety's Anniversary Gala

A memorable event to raise funds for children with disabilities and to celebrate kids having the opportunity to discover the possibilities for their lives.

Variety's 90th Annual Gala will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Heinz Field beginning at 6:00 p.m - honoring two extraordinary individuals.


Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworks will receive our 2017 Catherine Variety Sheridan Humanitarian Award.


Roy Powell, Partner, Jones Day and Variety Board Member will receive our 2017 Advocacy Award.


Recap of 2016 Gala:

Left:  Laura is pictured above with Variety CEO, Charlie LaVallee, and Variety Board Members Joyce Bender and Deb Rice-Johnson. Right:  Rob is pictured above with Variety Board Member, Roy Powell.

Variety's 89th Annual Gala celebrated all of the kids that Variety helped in the last year, and looked towards all of the children that it would impact in the future. The highlight to evening was Variety's traditional "Bike Parade", in which 9 kids rode their adaptive bikes into the event's crowd - feeling like superstars!

The evening also welcomed Austin (who recently received a communication device), his father Clark, and brothers. It was a touching moment as Clark gave testimony to how dramatic Austin's device would be in impacting his life.

Variety's Gala gave special honor to two champions for our kids and our community, including: 

  • Laura Shapira Karet, CEO, Giant Eagle, Inc. for their overwhelming dedication to individuals with disabilites.Under Laura's leadership, Giant Eagle, Inc. has become an important model in developing an inclusive and diverse workplace, and actively hiring those with disabilities.
  • Robert Kozel, Equity Owner and Board Member of Mountaineer Keystone, Texas Keystone, and Falcon Partners and Variety Board Member. Rob was a true catalyst for Variety's "My Bike" Program expanded into 10 West Virginian counties. Since it expanded, more than 130 children have received a bike of their own. Rob was brought into Variety through Board Member, Roy Powell, and he has been an advocate ever since.

Additionally, our 2016 Event Co-Chairs were Roy Powell, Partner, Jones Day, Deborah Rice-Johnson, President, Highmark Health Plans, and Joyce Bender, President & CEO, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.


Variety's Anniversary Gala is held each winter to celebrate the past and invigorate for the future. The support received each year allows us to continue our work to give kids chances to be free on a ride, a voice of their own, mobie and active with their family, and included alongside one another. If you want to get involved next year, please contact Zach Marsh to learn more ( or 724-933-0460).