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TOY DONATION LIVES ON DESPITE DEMISE OF VARIETY CLUB AND FREDERICK & NELSON, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SAYS

 SEATTLE, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Former members of the Variety Club of the Pacific Northwest and Fred Meyer are keeping alive an 11-year-old tradition of donating toys to Children's Hospital and Medical Center that will be given to patients this Christmas, the hospital said today.
 Since 1981, Variety Club members Ralph Grossman and Jack Keene have coordinated the donation, which begins with a yearly check of $2,500 from former actress Gila Golan. Variety matched the gift, and Frederick & Nelson (F&N) supplied the toys at a discount. In 1991, Children's was able to purchase $8,000 worth of toys.
 Despite the closure of F&N and Variety Club, Grossman and Keene have managed to continue the toy campaign. This year, the pair formed a small committee of other club members and friends, solicited donations from them and approached Fred Meyer as a source for the toys. The "Variety/Gila Golan Toy Committee" has raised about $4,000, including Golan's check. Fred Meyer has agreed to sell toys at 30-percent off, including sale items. All told, this may double the value of the donation in purchased merchandise, according to Grossman.
 Staff members from the Hospital's Recreational Therapy Department are going shopping at the Greenwood Fred Meyer store at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Fred Meyer officials and the company's Goodwill Ambassador Fred Bear will deliver the toys and make a formal presentation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the second floor play area of Children's Hospital. Media representatives are invited to attend.
 Other members of the toy committee are Jerry Burtenshaw, past president of Variety Club; Jeannie Clark, Jean LaFramboise, Len Sampson, Harry Henke III, and David O'Brien, executive vice president of Pacific Lincoln-Mercury Nissan in downtown Seattle, Grossman's employer.
 O'Brien's father, Michael O'Brien, owner of the car dealership, is the father of Fred Meyer official Ted Williams, a regional sales and merchandising supervisor contacted by Grossman to seek the chain's participation.
 The seeds for the annual Variety Club toy campaign were planted in 1966, when the club and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce "adopted" a Polish-born beauty named Gila Golan, who had been orphaned during World War II. One of the places she visited while in Seattle was Children's Hospital. The tour made a lasting impression on her.
 Golan went on to become a famous actress and beauty queen in Israel and Hollywood. Following retirement from film making, marriage and having children of her own, Golan contacted Variety in 1981 and said she wanted to contribute to the community which had adopted her. She chose to support Children's Hospital. Her checks were seed money to build a generous fund to buy toys for hospital patients who couldn't celebrate Christmas at home.
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Ralph Grossman can be contacted at Pacific Lincoln-Mercury, 206-628-4756. The Greenwood Fred Meyer store is located at 100 N.W. 85th St., Seattle. Store director is Rick Smith. On Tuesday, media representatives wishing to cover the formal donation should go to the hospital's first floor lobby, 4800 Sandpoint Way N.E., Seattle/
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 /CONTACT: Dean Forbes of Children's Hospital, 206-368-4817/


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