Great Art and a Gold Heart

This month a handful of amazing kids had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing artist.

Celebrated local artist Athena Bax welcomed a few Variety families into her Vancouver studio to begin creation of a one-of-a-kind art piece, all in the spirit of helping other kids. The piece will be auctioned at the upcoming Gold Heart Gala on September 30th, where partners in philanthropy, Ian Telfer and Nancy Burke, will be honoured.

The project was a unique and exciting opportunity for all involved, and a wonderful act of giving back from Athena and all the families involved.

Check out this video of the collaboration in action!

From Athena, on the work in progress:

The Canvas is slowly transforming. I am a support system moving around each heart created by the amazing five. Bruce, Liam, Rebecca, Adam, and Dominique. I am honoured and moved every day as I add even more love and warmth to this very special piece. Happiness and joy, bright colours and freedom. 

Join us on September 30th at the Gold Heart Gala! Click here to register.

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

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Cally Wesson
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