Variety’s Annual 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 2019 Gala will take place on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Heinz Field honoring John Weinstein, Allegheny County Treasurer. The evening will feature a full dinner, a silent auction, and Variety’s amazing kids – a night full of fun, inspiration, and impact. Click here to view our event invitation.

All support raised through this event is critical to Variety’s ongoing work for kids with disabilities, and we hope you’ll consider participating. You can see a list of our Sponsorship Opportunities by clicking here, or feel free to reach out to Zach Marsh with any questions at (724) 933-0460 /

2019 Catherine Variety Sheridan Humanitarian Awardee:

John Weinstein, Allegheny County Treasurer




2019 Silver Sponsors:

2019 Bronze Sponsors:

Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC

Pittman, Priola & Associates Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

UBS: Wentling Tarquinio Loughney Wealth Consulting Group

Recap of 2018 Gala:

On Friday, November 2nd, Variety’s 2018 Gala celebrated all of the kids that were helped in the last year, and looked towards all of the children that would be impacted in the future. The highlight to the evening was Variety’s traditional “kid’s parade”, in which 12 children showcased their adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and/or communication devices into the event’s crowd – feeling like superstars!

Most importantly, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone that supported the 2018 Gala and believed in the importance of Variety’s work and mission to enable children with disabilities to live life to the fullest. We felt especially privileged to honor two of our champions, Tim Wiebe and Mickey Sgro.

Variety’s Gala was a night of celebration, reflection, and hope, and we asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they would be willing share a very special video on social media or via e-mail to help us spread the word about our work and programs – almost all 450 attendees raised their hands as a promise to us and our kids.

Link to the video

Together, as a team, we are creating moments that matter for children with disabilities and their families – moments that many would never get to experience if Variety’s programs weren’t available.


Variety’s Annual Gala is held each winter to celebrate the past and invigorate for the future with its first Gala taking place in 1928. The support received each year allows us to continue our work to give kids chances to be free on a ride, have a voice of their own, be mobile and active with their family, and included alongside one another.

Pictured left to right is Mike Schneck, Tim Wiebe (2018 Honoree), David Hickton, and Charlie LaVallee.

Pictured is Mickey Sgro, 2018 Honoree.

To see a list of past Gala Honorees, please click here.