Telethon 2021 will take place on Saturday February 27th from 6pm-10pm on WGRZ, Channel 2 AND Sunday, February 28th from 10am-8pm on WBBZ-TV, Channel 67.1, Cable 5.
Steve Barnes in memoriam is the Honorary Telethon Chair. Tony Vaccaro will be Telethon Chair and Bob Parrish is Co-Chair.
Despite complications brought on by Covid, and changes to theworld as we know it, the mission of the Variety Club of Buffalo remains vital to thousands of familiesand children in Western New York. With Erie County Health Department approved protocols in place,the 59th Annual Variety Kids Telethon will be produced and presented from both the studios of WGRZChannel 2, and the Variety Club Headquarters, 6114 Broadway in Lancaster, New York from 6pm –10pm on Saturday February 27th. The presentation will also be streamed LIVE at www.wgrz.com
The Sunday telecast will originate completely from the Variety location from 10am – 8pm LIVE on
WBBZ-TV, Your Hometown MeTV Station, Channel 67.1 on-air; Cable 5; FiOS 5; Dish 5; DirecTV67. The
Sunday presentation will be streamed LIVE on the Variety Club of Buffalo Facebook page.
Now entering its 59th year, the Variety Kids Telethon has endured because of the support from tens
of thousands of Western New Yorkers who tune in and pledge their support each year, along with
corporate partners who participate in our “Corporate Match.” Telethon proceeds benefit dozens of
local children’s nonprofits right here in Western New York in addition to the Variety Tent #7/Robert
Warner MD Rehabilitation Center at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Our Variety Kids Telethon
holds the distinction of being the longest running locally produced Telethon in the country, and in
2020 raised over $1,000,000.
For 2021, prominent attorney Paul Cambria (also Chief Barker of Variety) will return with the President
of the Buffalo Common Council, Rev. Darius Pridgen, to co-host the Telethon from the Variety
headquarters both Saturday and Sunday.
Personalities from Channel 2, including Scott Levin, Maryalice Demler, Claudine Ewing, Melissa
Holmes, Pete Gallivan, and Kate Welshofer will be at the station Saturday night.
Personalities from WBBZ-TV, including Mercedes Wilson, Kim Piazza, “Polka Buzz” host Ron Dombrowski,
and “Passionate Living” host Catherine Miller will appear Sunday, socially distanced, along with radio
personalities Shredd & Ragan from 103.3FM The Edge; Dave Jickster from 97 Rock; Adriana Viverette
from WBLK-FM; and Clay Moden from WYRK 106.5FM.