Official Newsletter of Variety International, the Children’s Charity | Issue One, July 2009
to the first E Variety newsletter direct from the new Variety International World Headquarters in Los Angeles. This publication is intended to be a regular, relevant and timely communication between the International Office, National Associations, all Variety Tents and valued supporters. We will keep you updated on progress within the VI office and invite you to share your stories on fundraising initiatives and your programs to assist the children. Issue One is dedicated to the fantastic International Convention held in London in May and heartfelt thanks are extended to the organizing committee led by Convention Chair Tony Hatch with wife Maggie, Co- Chairs John Ratcliff CBE, Marsha Rae Ratcliff and Julia Morley as well as the team at Tent 36 Great Britain. Variety International is indebted to the many generous sponsors who made this Convention possible and we sincerely thank each and every one of you for a highly memorable event in the great city of London.
Variety Awards Gala Banquet - a Royal Event The highlight of the Convention was the Awards Banquet held on the final night in the eight-hundred-year-old Guildhall in the City of London – a majestic and historical setting. Five hundred guests attended this glittering event, which was honoured by the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Variety guests were joined by A-List celebrities and long time Variety supporters and were entertained with stunning performances by Opera sensation Hayley Westenra, brilliant pianist Robert Emery, the London Banqueting Ensembles and the Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir. The Awards Ceremony was compered by long time friend of Variety Gloria Hunniford, who is one of Britain's best loved and most well known media presenters.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
It was a night when Variety International paid tribute to some of the wonderful benefactors of Variety’s special children. A night that will long be remembered.
Sir James Carreras Award
Dr. Adrian Whiteson OBE accepts award from VI Board Member Jarvis Astaire OBE
The first Award to be presented was the Sir James Carreras Award to Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE. The Sir James Carreras Award was established in 1986 to recognise those physicians whose dedication and skill in the field of paediatrics is exceptional. With the Award also comes a $10,000 prize for charitable use. Dr Adrian Whiteson is responsible for setting up Teenage Cancer Trust in 1994 with his wife Myrna. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of young adults with cancer in the UK by addressing the medical, educational, social and psychological needs of not just the young adults affected by the disease, but their parents, siblings and friends.
The Variety International Special Award
This year the Variety International Special Award was presented to Roger Daltrey CBE, front man for one of Britainâ€™s most famous rock bands, The Who. The Award was given in recognition of Rogerâ€™s work for many charities. Roger is also a Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and has raised millions of dollars for them by performing with a host of stars to aid the charity. Roger Daltrey (right) accepts award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent
The Variety International Humanitarian Award Varietyâ€™s International Humanitarian Award was presented to 'Mercy Ships' founders Don and Deyon Stephens. Since 1978 Mercy Ships have operated a fleet of hospital vessels in developing nations, around the globe. Their mission is to bring hope and healing to the poor while mobilising people and resources worldwide. They have delivered services valued at $995 million to developing nations, including completing over 650,000 medical and dental procedures. Mercy Ships also pride themselves on their educational arm which has taught basic health care to more than 112,000 local people. Don and Dyon are very worthy recipients of this prestigious Award. Don Stephens (right) and Deyon Stephens (left) accept the Variety International 2008 Humanitarian Award
Catherine Variety Sheridan Award The final presentation of the evening was the Catherine Variety Sheridan Award given to world renowned publicist and philanthropist Richard Desmond. Richard's links with Variety reach right back to one of its founding members. His godfather Dickie Pearl - of Pearl & Dean advertising - helped to start the Variety Club in the UK and Richard has been a generous sponsor and supporter for more than two decades. Since he joined Variety in 1985, Richard has supported many prestigious events and has sponsored the Annual ShowBiz Awards since 1991. He has also helped increase the awareness of the work of Variety and generated funding by giving the charity extensive coverage in his magazines and newspapers. Richard Desmond (center) joins HRH Prince Michael (left) and VI President Grahame Mapp (right) on stage to receive the Catherine Variety Sheridan Award
Richard is a truly dedicated philanthropist. He has made an outstanding contribution to numerous other charities, helping to change the lives of many. His tireless commitment to raising funds and awareness for good causes led him to team up with Roger Daltrey to launch RD Crusaders, a charity rock group made up of musical legends.
A Packed Convention Program Two intense days of meetings for the International Board and the Operations Committee (Chief Barkers & Executive Directors) were held on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May with the official Welcome Party staged at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Saturday evening. This event heralded the start of the 2009 Convention for more than 200 delegates representing Tents around the World. The evening was also a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Tent 36 Great Britain which was granted its international charter on 2nd May 1949. On Sunday morning at the opening of the Annual General Meeting the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster formally welcomed Variety delegates to London. International President Grahame Mapp conducted the meeting agenda and gave a comprehensive report on the business and performance of the charity. He was supported by Nancy Klueter, Chairman of Finance, Administration & Business Affairs. Over the next 3 days delegates participated in a program of meetings, heard from educational speakers and in the true showbiz tradition of Variety, enjoyed outstanding lunch and dinner events, including a lively Sunset Cruise on the Thames.
Hats Off to Heart Award Winners On the Sunday evening of the Convention the highly coveted William R Forman Heart Awards were presented by the International President Grahame Mapp AM and International Vice President Tony Hasham AM. The Heart Awards named in honor of the late founder and Board Chairman of Pacific Theatres and veteran motion picture executive were presented to three Tents for outstanding collective efforts and consistency of performance.
Stanley W. Reynolds (center) proudly accepts the 2008 Gold Heart Award from Heart Awards Chair Tony Hasham (left) and VI President Grahame Mapp (right)
The Variety International Gold Heart Award was won by TENT 15 IOWA and accepted by proud Chief Barker Stanley W Reynolds, the younger of the two Stanleyâ€™s!
The Silver Heart was won by TENT 7 BUFFALO and accepted by Chief Barker Carol McMahon. The Bronze Heart was presented to Peter Curtis Chief Barker of TENT 75 SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Congratulations to members of the Crew, supporters and staff of these three exceptional Tents. Other Tent Finalists were Tent 13 Philadelphia, Tent 17 Texas, Tent 21 Georgia, Tent 81 Eastern Tennessee, Tent 36 Great Britain, Tent 47 British Columbia, Tent 58 Manitoba, Tent 74 Western Australia, Tent 76 Queensland and Tent 77 Victoria.
We Serve the Kids Lunch
Delegates to the Convention donned ‘England themed’ hats and aprons to serve hundreds of children lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The kids from surrounding schools, community groups and projects enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a child to attend and to every hands-on helper who contributed to this very happy afternoon.
International Ambassador Norman Kaphan lends a hand.
Tent 36 Chief Barker Ken Mustoe and VI Vice President Pamela Sinclair present a wheelchair during lunch.
INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS Sunshine Coach Awards Tent 5 South Australia – Category 1 Tent 36 Great Britain – Category 2 Tent 41 Ireland – Category 3
Mort Sunshine Awards Tent 58 Manitoba - Best Newsletter Tent 36 Great Britain – Best Website Tent 36 Great Britain – Best Magazine Publication
Wheelchair Mobility Award Tent 81 – Eastern Tennessee Corporate Awards Tent 17 Texas – Rave Motion Pictures Tent 25 Southern California – Deluxe Corporation Tent 36 Great Britain – DPD & Interlink Express Tent 68 New Zealand – McDonalds Restaurant Tent 66 Palm Desert – Lamar Advertising Tent 75 South Australia – Adelaide Convention Centre Tent 47 British Columbia – Canwest Global Communications Corporation Media Awards Radio Award – Radio from the heart, Gene Bridges and Tent 47 British Columbia. Television Award – Sky TV, Tent 36 Great Britain Advertising Award – Nielsen Media, Tent 25 Southern California Print Award – Movie Facts, Tent 26 Illinois Creative Award – Friday Communications, Tent 47 British Columbia Presidential Citations Tent 4 St Louis – Nancy Kranzberg Tent 5 Detroit – Kenneth Pape Tent 7 Buffalo – Edward Devantier Tent 13 Philadelphia - Christine Fleming Tent 15 Iowa – Soozie McBroom Tent 25 Southern California – Sandy Rodriguez Tent 26 Illinois – Vince Pagone Tent 36 Great Britain – Janet Armitage Tent 41 Ireland – Kay Crofton
Tent 47 British Columbia – Bob Stewart Tent 52 Jersey – Jeanette Pinel Tent 56 New South Wales – Hugh Nossiter Tent 58 Manitoba – Peter Pauls Tent 68 New Zealand – Mary McCutcheon-Walker Tent 74 Western Australia – Mark Whately Tent 75 South Australia – William Rawlins Tent 76 Queensland – Warren Onley Tent 77 Victoria – The Dewars Tent 82 Northern Territory – Trevor Smith
Thank you Grahame Mapp In May 2007, leading Australian businessman Grahame Mapp AM brought his business acumen to the role of International President. Grahame committed his Presidency to charting a strategy for growth of Variety International as a truly global children’s charity and to bringing more professionalism, transparency and accountability to the way we do business. His comprehensive Papers on ‘The Way Forward’ and ‘A Strategy for Growth’ has enabled the Board to make key strategic decisions over the past two years. He is now Chairman of the Board. Variety’s First Lady Sue Mapp (left) with VI President Grahame Mapp (right)
Julia Morley elected International President At the Annual General Meeting held in London on 5th May Julia Morley was elected President of Variety International. Julia is the Chairman of the Miss World Organisation and the first British woman to hold the office of President for our charity. She was inaugurated into the role on the final evening of the Convention at the Guildhall. Please read Julia’s special message below. ____________________________________________________________ Dear Variety Members Worldwide,
Julia Morley takes the stage as incoming Variety International President
It is my great honour to write a special message in Variety's first E News letter from Variety World Headquarters! When I first became involved in Variety, it was a charitable organisation like no other, literally "The Heart of Show Business". Hollywood Stars, Rock Legends, Sporting Heroes, Television celebrities, and icons of the Entertainment Industry, joining together in their support of sick and disadvantaged children. The principal of the Variety that I joined was a simple one. Use the considerable talents that exist in the entertainment industry to inspire others to join in their support of the children. It is this that makes Variety unique as a charity. I hope to rekindle these principals in my term as president As Variety has grown in size, we have urgently needed to adopt sound business structures and principles. It has been a difficult transition, but we could not have found a better person to lead us through that transformation than Grahame Mapp. Not only has Grahame made us realise that we have to operate as a business, but he has also evolved us as an Organisation, by giving us the opportunity to embrace new technologies and to learn how to market ourselves in an increasingly crowded charity "industry". On behalf of all of us in Variety, I would like to thank Grahame for 2 years of inspired leadership, as President, and to thank his wife Sue for sacrificing everything in support of him. We could not have found our way without the Mapp’s!!! I have just visited our new “World Headquarters” in Los Angeles and am looking forward to working with our talented executive team, led by Bill Hopkins and Michael Huffman. In the next two years I want to visit as many Tents as possible and attend the key events in the Variety Calendar. If you have an event that you would like me to attend, please forward the details to Michael or Bill and I will make every effort to attend. In our next E Variety we will be announcing details of the 2010 Convention. I do hope you will attend as it will be a return to our showbusiness roots.
Variety International Directors (elected to serve for the next two years)
President Julia Morley – Great Britain
Chairman of the Board Grahame Mapp AM – Australia
Vice Presidents Maureen Arthur Ruben – United States Lloyd Barr FCA – Great Britain Jack Cannons AM – Australia Penny Docherty – Australia Tom Fenno – United States Richard Freeman – Great Britain Rosalie Gallagher – United States Tony Hasham AM – Australia Randall Hester – United States Nancy Klueter – United States Peter Legge OBC – Canada Ken Loughnan AO – Australia Pauline McFetridge – Australia Neil Sinclair – Great Britain Pamela Sinclair – Great Britain Bob Stewart – Canada Clark Woods – United States
We trust that you will circulate this communication widely within your Tent and support base in our collective efforts to promote the bigger Variety picture around the World. Special thanks to the Tents who have already begun sharing their stories with us. We will begin highlighting these stories in the next issue and welcome all of you to share the wonderful work of your Tent so that we can spotlight your efforts to the entire Variety community across the Globe.
All contributions to E Variety to be directed to: Michael Huffman Director of Development and Communication Variety World Headquarters 4600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 260 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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