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.  If interested in purchasing 9 or more tickets, please contact Michael Barry at development@starsaz.org or call 480.405.9797.


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


Attire:  This event is not a black tie affair, however, we kindly request that attendees dress appropriately for STARS 50th Anniversary Fiesta celebration. Thank you!

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.

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