Variety mourns the loss of Monty Hall

Press Release


October 2, 2017

Variety, the Children’s Charity mourns the loss of Monty Hall – Variety International Chairman for Life

Variety, the Children’s Charity (Winnipeg, MB) is deeply saddened by the passing of Variety International Chairman Emeritus, Monty Hall, at age 96.

Best known for co-creating and hosting the first version of the popular game show, Let’s Make a Deal where contestants dressed in zany costumes and won prizes; Hall, a proud native of Winnipeg also held strong ties to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Hall’s first exposure to Variety came when he asked to marry, Marilyn his beloved wife. Marilyn’s father, who was a member of Variety, asked if he would also become involved in helping children through Variety. Since then, Monty and Marilyn committed a life-time of involvement with Variety.

Hall was the catalyst for founding the organization locally. Louis Trepel, Variety Manitoba’s International Ambassador, was only 18 when his dad brought him to a meeting organized by the TV game show host to see if there was interest in opening a Variety Tent in Winnipeg.

“My dad asked if I wanted to be part of it, and I said ‘yes, for sure.’ Everybody seemed so old to me back then, but I listened as Monty Hall told the Variety story to see if there was interest here,” stated Trepel. And there was; in 1978 Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba was born through multiple individual efforts; including the great Monty Hall.

For more than 60 years, Hall was an active member of Variety, the Children’s Charity International. In 1975, he became the International President and was promoted to Chairman of the Board in 1977.  In 1981, Variety created the role of International Chairman for Life for Hall.

Despite being remembered mainly for his television career, Hall noted that television made his charity work possible. Hall has been credited with raising more than $800 million for Variety, the Children’s Charity International.

“Variety is a marvelous organization because we are very scrupulous about the money we raise and how it’s raised and the cost of raising it. I love this charity because all the money goes to the kids.” he had said.

He is survived by three children who are all involved in entertainment. Sharon Hall is a producer; Joanna Gleason is a Tony Award-winning actress; and Richard Hall is a writer and director. His late wife, Marilyn, was an Emmy Award-winning producer.

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba continues to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for Manitoba’s children with special needs. Donations to Variety in Monty Hall’s memory can be made at:


For more information:

Tammy Hildebrand

Director of Marketing and Development

P: 204.982.1055 C: 204.797-5908 F: 204.475.3198

E: [email protected]

Variety Children's Charity Manitoba