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More Than $46,000 Raised By Western New York Labor To Benefit The 57th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon

Overall, $1.03 Million Was Donated During Sunday’s Televised Telethon - Money Goes To Support The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Of Buffalo & Numerous Other Area Children’s Charities

Published Monday, March 4, 2019
by WNYLaborToday.com Staff
More Than $46,000 Raised By Western New York Labor To Benefit The 57th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 57th Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $1.03 million over the weekend - with Organized Labor from across Western New York accounting for more than $46,000 of that total, Labor Organizers tell WNYLaborToday.com. 

The dollars raised by the Western New York Labor Movement goes to support the Union-built John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and numerous other area children’s charities.

“It was a ‘great day’ for the telethon and a ‘great day’ for Labor, ‘coming together like we have in years past,’” Teamsters Local 264 Business Agent Tony Vaccaro, who served as Labor Chair for the telethon, told WNYLaborToday.com on Monday (March 4th).

“It ‘says a lot’ about the Labor Movement, ‘working together in this way.’  Many of our Members are ‘touched in the same way’ and ‘realize how fortunate we are’ to have (the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital) ‘in our own backyard,’” Vaccaro said.

In addition to the money raised, 32 Union Representatives and Members also volunteered their time Sunday afternoon during a two-hour Labor Hour in order to answer phones and take down donations.  Those Labor Volunteers came from several of the area’s Union Community - including the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the United Auto Workers (UAW), area Teachers’ Unions - the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the Public Employees Federation (PEF), to name just some.

William Mayer of International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT)/District Council 4 - the official Photographer for the Buffalo AFL-CIO Area Labor Council, told WNYLaborToday.com that his Union’s International President, Ken Rigmaiden, personally called with a $2,500 donation from the Painters and personally made a donation of $250.

The Variety Kids Telethon is the Nation’s longest-running, locally-produced telethons.  It started back in 1962 when Dr. Robert Warner asked Variety to help him fulfill his dream of a rehabilitation center for children with special needs.  

The first Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $80,000 and the Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center for Children with Special Needs became a reality at the then Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, which is now known as the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. 

The Telethon also funds dozens of local children’s non-profits, in addition to the Hospital, with every penny staying in Western New York, Telethon Officials said.

For More Information On The Annual Variety Club Telethon, Go To: https://varietybuffalo.org/telethon/

Photos Courtesy Of William Mayor of International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT)/District Council 4 Via Facebook.

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