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Another adaptive bike is presented during Variety, The Children's Charity gala

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Jimmy Hogue, 10, of New Brighton rides his new adaptive bike with his dad, James Hogue, 37, at the Anniversary Gala for Variety the Children’s Charity, Friday at the Omni William Penn downtown.

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Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It was hard to find something that wasn't worth celebrating during Variety, The Children's Charity's 86th Anniversary soiree.

Topping the list was the presentation of the 366th adaptive bike to a wildly happy Steven Pander, capping off a year's worth of joy spread to area children who have enjoyed a massive wave of support for Variety's “My Bike” program.

“They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. At Variety, we say, ‘A bike a day keeps the sadness away,' ” said CEO and tireless champion Charlie LaVallee to 300 guests at the Omni William Penn on Nov. 1.

There's much to look forward to for Year 2 of the program, including an expansion into Cambria, Crawford, Mercer and Somerset counties, as well as the official launch of “My Bike” West Virginia: Wheels and Wells for Kids, in which Mountaineer Keystone CEO Robert Kozel announced that his company will sponsor one bike for every well drilled.

Amongst those in attendance were co-chairs Deborah Rice-Johnson and Jerry MacCleary, board chair Michael Schneck, Advocacy Awardee Andrea Carelli, and Catherine Variety Sheridan Humanitarian Awardees Dick and Ginny Thornburgh.

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