First Annual Variety Charity Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at Paramount Studios Draws Celebrity Attendance

Industry fundraiser to benefit the programs of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California

LOS ANGELES, August 17, 2011 — Leading entertainment industry supporters and many of Variety – The Children’s Charity’s primary sponsors will gather tonight at Paramount Studios in Hollywood for the First Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and Casino Night fundraiser.

Approximately 300 attendees, mostly comprised of top executives from movie studios, will come to play their hand to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California. Celebrity attendees and players include Camryn Manheim, Sara Rue, Stan Lee, Susan Ruttan, Randy Goodwin, James Hong, Doug Jones, Roger R. Cross, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Kevin Covais and Rachael Kathryn Bell.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Variety–The Children’s Charity of Southern California was founded in 1941 as a nonprofit organization with the express mission to provide life-saving and life-enriching assistance to children with special needs. Last year, in addition to its commitment to the capital campaign fund for a new Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights, Variety distributed 65 grants, totaling more than half a million dollars to local organizations who serve children in Southern California.

Variety comes to the aid of children in the community funding literacy programs, programs for homeless teens, after school activities for kids in foster care and therapy for kids with autism, brain injuries and other disabilities. Variety’s own “Mobility Program” helps physically-challenged kids gain mobility, confidence and freedom by providing walkers, wheelchairs, therapeutic strollers and specially-designed adaptive bikes to families with the most need.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with some of Hollywood most prominent entertainment partners” said Alan Davy, President of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California. It’s a marvelous new opportunity for our charity to reach awareness and funds for a great cause…children in need”

The Mission of Variety – The Children’s Charity is to provide life-saving and life-enriching assistance to abused, addicted, physically-challenged, neglected, and/or underprivileged children throughout Southern California. We pride ourselves on being able to modify our agenda in order to meet the evolving conditions encompassing our region – addressing each case in a timely, impartial manner. Please visit www.varietysocal.org for more information.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California – Chapter 25 is the local chapter of an expansive global network, Variety International – The Children’s Charity, that assists afflicted children that have nowhere else to turn. Today, there are 43 Chapters, in 13 nations, serving children in need therein helping to better their quality of life. Since 1927, worldwide, we have raised over $1 billion to aid our special needs kids.