STARS Celebrating 50 Years of Smiles

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Arizonar -- STARS, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities, is thrilled to announce its 50th anniversary Fiesta.

Attendees will join in on a joyous and unforgettable evening of memories, acknowledging the many people who have contributed their time, talents, and resources over the past five decades. This annual celebration event will be filled with live music, celebration, and reflections on the organization's past 50 years and is set to take place on May 13, 2023, at 6pm, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

STARS' journey began in 1973, when parents of people with disabilities imagined a place where their children could find purpose, friendship, and community. These parents, mostly mothers, formed Las Madrinas, 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. From its humble beginnings, STARS operated out of borrowed space, and participants made quilts, with Mrs. King volunteering her sewing machine. Over the years, the organization has grown to include a full array of programming, ranging from day programs to training and support designed to help participants achieve full-time inclusive employment. The organization has evolved and expanded its services, focusing on employment first models, helping individuals of all abilities to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and develop marketable skills toward employment. Today, STARS now operates out of two locations in Scottsdale and serves participants valley-wide.

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When asked what it means to him that STARS is celebrating its 50th anniversary, David Henderson, the STARS President & CEO, expressed his gratitude towards everyone who has supported the organization over the years, exclaiming, "I am continually blessed to serve as the CEO of this wonderful gem of a nonprofit, and I am grateful for the prior leaders who contributed their time, talents and treasures over the past 50 years. STARS future is indeed bright, and I look forward to leading our talented team members into the next decade!"

STARS is delighted to celebrate this milestone with its friends and supporters as a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone who has been involved over the years. The organization looks forward to a bright future ahead by continuing to help change the lives of individuals with disabilities for many years to come. Inspired by this, please see the Brighter Future logo enclosed, which was created by STARS participant Tommy. Visit starsaz.org/fiesta (https://www.starsaz.org/fiesta) for more information on STARS' 50th anniversary event.

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