I was very fortunate to attend this years' Variety Telethon in Des Moines, IA. It was truly an amazing experience I will never forget. Emma Samms once again co-hosted, along with David Anthony Higgins ("Joe" from the show "Ellen" currently on Malcolm in the Middle), Jason Cook from DAYS, and many, many more celebrities, entertainers, singers, beauty pageant queens, Hyvee employees, families, friends & volunteers. It takes the help of everyone to put on such a great fundraising event. I was there from start to finish, with the exception of going to my hotel for 3 hrs of sleep, and I was amazed by this telethon. There was a lot of hard work & dedication involved. I went with Jen, also a fan of Emmas' and we volunteered to help out any way we could. We helped with the childrens' section. Helping kids with crafts & projects. Actually we spent most of the time with the kids painting rocks. Someone came up with the idea, and it was a pretty popular one. From the Variety Kids Corner we could watch the entire telethon. I was very impressed! Emma was very busy from start to finish, and it was very evident that she was dedicated to this telethon and made an excellent co-hostess. She spoke very naturally & interviewed many parents whose children were born premature, or born with problems. She also spoke with the many sponsors of the event, one of them being Hyvee (the grocery store chain) I had the pleasure of meeting Emma, she was very sweet & gracious! I spoke to her several times throughout both days of the telethon. She also introduced us to David Anthony Higgins, who was also very nice!
I was more than happy to help out with the children, along with Jen. We had a wonderful time, and hope to attend & volunteer for this worthy cause in the future!
To view exclusive photos taken at the telethon go to: Emma Samms 2006 Telethon photos
official website: http://www.varietyofiowa.org/