The Conejo Valley community turned out for the Kids 4 Kids eighth annual carnival at on Saturday at Willow Elementary in Agoura Hills. The fundraiser is produced by Jr. Variety, a subsidiary of Variety Children’s Charity, an international organization created by the entertainment industry.
Jr. Variety was originated specifically for teenage volunteers who want to give back to those less fortunate, according to Bailey Forman, 15, Jr. Variety president, whose older brother, Jeremy, created the organization along with his father, Scott, who’s on the senior board.
Together, Jeremy and Scott created the very first junior division of the larger charity. “While keeping the mission statement of Variety in tact, we’ve created a board comprised solely of high school age students who organize fundraisers and decide upon which charities will receive grants,” said Scott Forman.
The local organization is represented by ten high schools across Los Angeles, including the and Calabasas high schools.
The Kids 4 Kids carnival is their largest event of the year, said Scott Forman. “At the end of this event, we hope to have raised over $200,000 for various charities,” he said.
Companies representing the entertainment industry are the predominant sponsors; however, the Jr. Variety volunteers appealed to local sponsorship to donate as well.
Recipients of the money raised this year include both Willow and elementary schools as well as all five Girls and Boys Clubs of the Conejo and Las Virgenes Valleys, said Scott Forman.