In November 2007, Variety of Orlando, who is part of Variety International, moved their operations to Silver Lining Studios in southwest Orlando.
To quote the Variety Club website, here is how the organization began.
It was Christmas Eve 1927 and a little baby girl was found abandoned at the Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along with a paper parcel containing five clean diapers. A note attached to the package read: "Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her, I have eight others. She was born on Thanksgiving day. I have heard of the goodness of show business and I pray to God you will look out for her." - A Heartbroken Mother
It was more than a year before that historic Christmas Eve that a group of 11 men had formed a social club called The Variety Club - an appropriate name as they were all involved in the entertainment business.
The Variety Club then pledged that their mission from that day was to help underprivileged and handicapped children. The baby was named Catherine Variety Sheridan and their spirit grew to over 50 clubs in 14 countries around the world.
Variety of Orlando holds annual fundraising events including the official Oscar Night America, an Oscar viewing party in which patrons walk down the red carpet in the spirit of giving. Variety of Orlando's fundraising has enabled it to pledge $500,000 which supports the Variety Neonatal ECMO Unit in the Neonatal Department at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women.
President of Silver Lining Studios Marsha Reece plans to continue to extend her umbrella to other non-profit organizations within the entertainment industry.
Silver Lining Studios is located at 3315 Maggie Boulevard, Suite 100 in Orlando, Florida.
To find out more about Variety Club of Orlando, go to http://www.varietycluborlando.org.