Variety Show of Hearts Raises Over $6.9 Million

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Variety – the Children’s Charity and Global BC are thrilled to announce that this year’s Variety Show of Hearts raised $6,936,621 to support children with special needs!

54th Annual Show of Hearts Telethon
54th Annual Show of Hearts Telethon. Photo by John Biehler. (Archive Photo)

Variety Show of Hearts Raises Over $6.9 Million

During the first two days of the three-day event on Thursday, February 24 & Friday, February 25, Global News viewers were introduced to just some of the amazing kids who were helped by Variety in 2021. The inspiring stories continued on Global BC’s broadcast of the 56th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon which aired on Saturday, February 26 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.

“I’m once again left speechless by the unbelievable generosity of our donors and supporters,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO. “Realizing how challenging the past two years has been for all of us, it’s extremely heartwarming to see that British Columbians will still band together during the toughest of times to ensure that we’ll always be here for BC’s kids. It’s absolutely overwhelming.”

Global BC’s Chris Gailus, Sophie Lui, Kristi Gordon, Neetu Garcha, Paul Haysom and Jay Janower returned as Telethon hosts along with 980 CKNW’s Jody Vance who was joined by Show of Hearts favourites Howard Blank, Alvin Law & Marco Pasqua and Variety Youth Champions Esabella Strickland and Janelle Milne. Making their Show of Hearts debut were actor & parent advocate, Bethel Lee and local singer-songwriter, Seven Taviss.

Viewers also got to see their donor dollars in action when they were treated to updates on the kids who they met during Global BC’s Variety Week. Saturday’s telecast also featured performances by musical guests David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Colin James, Serena Ryder and William Prince along with Penticton’s spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan and Canadian violinist, Adrian Anantawan.

Donations to the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon can still be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS and also online or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

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