There is a sure sign that spring is not that far away in Buffalo. It is an annual tradition that many look forward to and has lasted decades on television. The Variety Kids Telethon returns for it's 60th year this weekend!

Through the ups and downs that we have faced over the last six decades, the Variety Kids Telethon has been able to raise millions of dollars as the Western New York community comes together and shows it's support.

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 new Oishei Children’s Hospital. Our Variety Kids Telethon holds the distinction of being the longest running locally produced Telethon in the country, and in 2021 raised over $800,000.

Each year the Variety Telethon has a Celebrity Child that is the star of the telethon and this year's child is Giovani Fiore.

Look for the tradition to continue this Saturday and Sunday and you can show your support as well. My family has watched and supported the telethon for as long as I can remember. My father always looked forward to the telethon as the turning point of the winter and the charge toward spring. Combined with the warm feeling of helping the kids around Western New York, it is going to be a sunshine filled weekend, not matter the forecast.

The 2022 Variety Kids Telethon will take place Saturday, March 5th from 6pm- 11pm on WGRZ, Channel 2 AND Sunday, March 6th from 10am-8pm on WBBZ, Channel 67.1, Cable 5.

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