Another adaptive bike is presented during Variety, The Children's Charity gala
By Kate Benz
Published: 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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