Our son looks forward to the low key carnivals , Brookfield Zoo trips and other outings and events. It is so nice to have this supportive community that holds events. Sometimes we purchase tickets for experiences on our own and have to leave because it is too busy. I love that I can communicate and ask questions in advance. Angelique is so supportive. It is nice to see events and activities that older kids can enjoy. Our son is aware and disappointed when his favorite rides are closed. Unlike other sensory carnivals, Variety tends to have more open and to be less limited, so older kids can enjoy. It is nice that they offer a game, prize and gluten and dairy free treat. We had our first successful carnival experience with our son, through Variety. The lower sensory carnival with less people and lines made it easier for him to enjoy. We will never forget meeting the Variety team at Brookfield Zoo and being greeted with a goody filled with fidgets and other fun things. It made the day extra memorable.
A wonderful charity that helps with children of special needs by providing events that are specifically for children with special needs and/or sensitivities. It is rare to find public events that are in an accepting atmosphere of not too much noise or lights or sounds, and will be patient with those attending who need a little extra time. Most recently they held a pumpkin event for such this kind of family. And my favorite is the carnival they hold every year.
Emily is a 15 year old multiple medical conditions that makes her every day activities hard to handle, with the support and help of non profit organizations with are able to do the things she enjoys. Halloween is by far her favorite time of the year and she enjoyed her self visiting the Haunted house and the pumpkin farm. Thank you for all you do for our kids!
They're always so nice always helping the kids every time I go to there even always friendly thank you for all the support from isaac porcayo
My sister donates her time to this wonderful charity. She recently shared one with me.
"We did our 75th birthday celebration. It was a part of the Variety at Play pumpkin days. I actually had a woman come give me a hug and thank me for such a wonderful gift by providing an event where the children and their families can enjoy an outing in an accepting environment.
Another woman talked about how nice it was that the whole family could attend. And that it was hard to find these kinds of activities for their kids."
How exciting for everyone involved.
My sister got my kids involved in the sponsoring a bike building team. The kids were very excited to help others get a bike that would accommodate special needs.
Variety is changing the lives of children everyday!
I absolutely love Variety. Everyone I've spoken with is amazing and ready to help.
Had a wonderful, stress free day at the Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, sponsored by Variety.
Thank you so much for all that you do. This is such a needed organization!! We can not tell you how much we appreciate you!
Thank you for allowing us to attend such a wonderful event. We have a ball.
We had a great time at Spiegel’s Cottonwood Farm. We have really limited income and can’t usually afford outings like this. It was greatly appreciated.
We had a wonderful Time today at the Siegel's Pumpkin Farm!
Thank you so much!
We had an amazing time at Siegels pumpkin farm! Thanks for offering our family tickets this weekend. Our boys didn't want to leave! We were greeted so nicely too by the professional working for variety when we got our tickets. Glad she informed us of this wonderful charity.
Wonderful charity, they do so much for children with special needs and their families in such fun and positive ways.
I attended the Amusement Park Event on Mother's Day this year and couldn't believe all the happy kids and smiles. I also saw an adapted bike presentation and experienced the joy of not only the child recipient, but the appreciation from her family and Physical Therapy Instructor. Seeing this first hand inspired me to start an adaptive bike drive with my own family. The Super Cyclers Bike Campaign is in full swing! I'm so proud to be associated with an organization that is truly changing the lives of children in need.
I became aware of Variety the Children’s Charity of Illinois seven years ago as an event I hosted helped raise money for the charity. I’m happy to say that I’ve been with the event every year since that time. The increased knowledge that I’ve gained concerning this life-changing children’s charity has enriched my life to the point that I wanted to volunteer more of my time to the group. I joined the board of directors in August of 2015 and had never been happier to see how this charity is truly helping families. I never knew that an adapted bicycle can cost up to $3,000, and that insurance companies don't cover this as a medical expense or other equipment a child may need. Shouldn't every child grow up riding a bike? Isn't riding a bike a natural passage of childhood? Variety helps families to make their dreams come true, matching adaptive bikes and special equipment with families is part of their charitable efforts.
This past April, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Variety World Conference in Jersey, UK. It was rewarding to hear about all of the great activities that were helping children all over the world. The Aurora, Illinois amusement event is one example of how this charity is helping kids and families to have the same opportunities and experiences that all kids should have. I’m proud to be a volunteer member of this group, the smiles on the kids' faces are why this charity is so important. Thanks, Sarah Knight Adamson Photos included are of Variety of Illinois fundraising event and silent auction
This is a great organization. Thank you for making children’s lives better.
What can be better than improving the quality of childhood for children with disabilities and special needs? There are so many wonderful activities and events that Variety brings to the children. My favorite is the carnival that provides an opportunity for special needs children to experience a carnival. A great childhood activity that many would never experience if it were not for Variety. And this year, my young nephew and nieces were captains to a team that provided an adaptive bike to a young girl. A great teaching moment provided through Variety!
Great cause, amazing staff, and fun events! What more could anyone want?
I have volunteered for several years with this organization because I enjoy helping them and the children that are being served. Their events are fun and well organized which generates better attendance and more available donors. The Oscar night is a real extravaganza and people look forward to it and attend year after year. The children with disabilities being served really couldn't thrive without Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois. It is such a worthwhile organization to donate to and the money collected is put to such good use.
I have had the opportunity to be involved with Variety Club of Illinois for over seven years as I work in the adapted sports community. Variety Club has supported so many young athletes from all over our state, as they embraced immediately the impact that a sports chair or other piece of adaptive equipment has on a child's life. Every kid wants to go FAST, play games, and hang out with friends. Unfortunately for kids with disabilities, they are used to wheelchairs and devices that cumbersome, slow, and frankly not very cool looking. Insurance companies do not care about quality of life or secondary health conditions that children with disabilities face. The norm for wheelchair users is this; "you will grow into it", and they do not mean get taller. A sports chair, an adaptive bike, is an opportunity at freedom, an opportunity to go fast, an opportunity be like their peers. Variety provides those opportunities and more.
When I was looking at the other reviews and the pictures of the kids, I loved seeing those youth that Variety serves and their smiles that lit up my screen. I have had the opportunity to witness this power in person and there is nothing better than giving someone a chance in life.
In all that Variety does, it is very purposeful and done with heart to improve the lives of the children that they serve. I love this organization for this reason and it is my hope that others will read my note and get involved with this great organization!