Celebrating 50 Years of STARS

In 1973, parents of people with disabilities imagined a place where their children could find purpose, friendship, and community. These parents – mostly mothers – formed Las Madrinas, or “the Godmothers”; an auxiliary group to raise money for the organization in Scottsdale. Led by Mary King, Las Madrinas created the organization that would later become what is now known as STARS.

In its humble beginnings, STARS operated out of borrowed space and participants made quilts, with Mrs. King volunteering her sewing machine. As the times changed, so did STARS. Its mission became more member inclusive. Programs are now operated out of two locations in Scottsdale, and have evolved to include a full array of programming, ranging from day programs to training and support designed to help participants achieve full-time inclusive employment. Today, STARS prioritizes the employment first model, helping individuals of all abilities to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop marketable skills toward employment. STARS now serves participants valley-wide.

Ready To Fiesta?

Thank you for supporting STARS as we commemorate 50 years. We are honored to welcome guests and friends and look forward to joining you for an evening of memories, celebration and live music.

May 13, 2023 at 6pm
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 E Lincoln Dr | Scottsdale, AZ85253


Sponsorship Opportunities

Legacy Sponsorships are available to individual/family donors, friends and family members of STARS participants, and current and former STARS board members.  In special honor of Las Madrinas, the founding members of STARS, ten tables will be available for sponsorship by families or individuals.

Corporate Sponsorships are also available to businesses that desire to reinvest in local communities. These sponsors will be featured on promotional materials before, at, and after the event. Corporate sponsors looking to make an impact but unable to attend or wishing to donate their seats to STARS participants may do so as part of their sponsorship package.

Questions? Contact us at development@starsaz.org or call 480.405.9797.

Print The Fiesta Sponsorship Packet

We are thrilled to not only serve STARS as board members, but by co-chairing the annual Fiesta event. Efforts through Fiesta help support our incredible participants year-round, while celebrating their achievements and the support of our community. This year also marks an important milestone – 50 years of serving our community! We look forward to celebrating with you in May, and extend our gratitude for your part in the history of STARS. From humble beginnings to 50 years of impact: it is only possible with the support of incredible individuals and organizations like you.

Jennifer Alewelt & Katherine Clements
Fiesta Co-Chairs, STARS Board Members

Thank You To Our Sponsors