Mission Statement

It is our mission to grant non-medical moments to children ages 4-18 with chronic life-threatening illnesses in the state of Alabama as well as continue a relationship Beyond the Moment.


Magic Moments was founded in 1984 with the sole purpose of providing happiness to children throughout the state of Alabama who are diagnosed with chronic life-threatening illnesses. As Birmingham mother Shelley Clark was spending time in and out of Children’s Hospital (now Children’s of Alabama), she saw a television program about a chronically ill boy who wanted to ride on a fire truck. The story of his community’s endeavor to fulfill his request, right down to the firemen entering his hospital room window via a hook and ladder truck, inspired her to offer hope and joy to local children with life-threatening illnesses by turning their dreams into realities.

Shelley shared her idea with her daughter’s pediatrician, who put her in touch with L.E. Patton, play therapist at Children’s Hospital. Coincidentally, at about the same time, fellow Birmingham mother Buffie Marks, who volunteered in play therapy at Children’s, had a similar idea after having seen a national broadcast about a wish granting organization. L.E. suggested Shelley and Buffie collaborate. Soon, with the blessings of hospital administration and a $500 grant from the Junior League of Birmingham, Magic Moments was born.

To date Magic Moments has provided over 4,700 magic moments for children in all 67 counties of Alabama. Not only does Magic Moments provide children with non-medical opportunities such as a family trip to Disney World, meeting a celebrity of choice, or going on a shopping spree, we provide on-going events to enhance the relationships between our staff and families as well as relationships with other families.

In 1999 we extended our programs to include Family Camp held each Memorial Day weekend at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin, which accommodates the medical needs of the children we serve. Family Camp provides time for families to relax and spend time together for three days in a stress free environment as well as rekindle relationships with other families and make new friendships. Camp is offered free of charge to our families and accommodates approximately 70 children and their family members.

In 2013 the Family Camp concept was expanded further and we began providing year-round, ongoing support for our families. These opportunities, known as “Beyond the Moments,” include activities such as family nights at regional ballpark, Valentine’s Day ice skating parties, and breakfast with Santa. Beyond the Moment opportunities are offered to families at no expense.

Magic Moments employees four full-time staff members. We operate under a 24 member Board of Directors and are supported by a 23 member Advisory Council, a River Region Council in Montgomery, and Junior Boards in Birmingham and Montgomery.

We pride ourselves in being the only wish granting organization dedicated solely to the children of Alabama.

Our Staff

Sandy Naramore

Executive Director

Phone: 205.638.2430
Email: [email protected]

Courtney Carson

Associate Executive Director

Phone: 205.638.2431
Email: [email protected]

Amy Cowling

Program Coordinator

Phone: 205.638.9063
Email: [email protected]


Kaitlin Candelaria

Statewide Magic Moment Coordinator

Phone: 205.638.9608
Email: [email protected]


Kimberly Etherton

Mobile Regional Director

Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

Josh Petty

Libet Anderson

Jordan Brooks
Argos Group Inc.

Shelley Clark
Ray & Poynor

Kim Davis
Synovus Securities

Betsy French
Ray & Poynor

Steven Geisler
BBVA Compass

Matthew S. Geller
Sirote & Permutt

Heather Hargis
Children’s of Alabama

Jimmie Harvey, MD
Birmingham Hematology Oncology Associates

Emily Heide
Rooted Ministries

Jim Heilbron
Alabama Power Company

Rob Howland
Capstone Companies

Buffie Marks
(Member Emeritus)
Community Volunteer

Taylor McGuire
Towerstone, Inc.

Merrill McWhorter
Beauty Counter

Taylor McGuire
Towerstone, Inc.

Kelly Morrison
Regions Bank

Jessica Naftel
Community Volunteer

Adam Peck
Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP

Jon Register
Merrill Lynch

Thomas Schultz
Medical Properties Trust

David K. Smith
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Al Vance
Altec Industries

Kelly Whitaker
(River Region Representative)
Board of Medical Scholarship Awards

Ashley Wood
Community Volunteer

Garland (Gigi) Youngblood
Children’s of Alabama

Advisory Council

Lynne Cohen
Community Volunteer

Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring

David Dixon
Dixon Group, Inc.

J. Timothy Downard, CPA
Haynes Downard, LLP

Chris Eagan
Starnes & Atchison

Larry Fine, CPA
Community Volunteer

Pat Forman
Community Volunteer

Bill Goodrich
Richgood Corporation

Heidi Hallman
Community Volunteer

Tom Hinton
Hinton Properties

Bill Jones
O’Neal Steel, Inc.

Pat Kilpatrick
Community Volunteer

Daniel Markstein, IV
Markstein Consulting

Lila McGahey
Community Volunteer

Ed Meyerson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman,
Caldwell, & Berkowitz

Billy Morace
CMH Architects

Bobby Naftel, MD
Baptist Montclair

George Nolen
Mass Mutual

Kay Miles Pace
Community Volunteer

Will Pearson

Conrad Rafield
Rafield Investment Company

Henry Ray
Ray & Poynor

Roland Short
Alabama Metal Industries

Tom Shufflebarger
Children’s of Alabama

Courtney Stephens
Community Volunteer

Bobby Thuston
Southwood Machinery

Pete Van Pelt
Children’s Health System

Evie Vare
Community Volunteer

Junior Board

Raines Welden
Leavell InvestmentManagement

Bill Anderson
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jordan Brooks
Morgan Stanley

Kaitlin Candelaria

Kristin Davis

Camerson Estes
Servis First

Mary Margaret Finn
Ray & Poynor

Caitlin Gray
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Scott Goedecke
Mayer Electric

Emily Hamilton
Mayor’s Office

Brailyn Hardy
KC Projects

Brett Holsombeck
McCallum. Hoaglund, Cook & Irby

Katie Henson
Medical Properties Trust

Henry Holliday
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc

David Lecompte
Bridgeworth Financial

Lyndsey Lewis
Markstein Consulting

Laura McCraney
Maynard Cooper

Brooks McElveen
AEA Group

Taylor McGuire
Towerstone Corp

Lucy Newton
Prepaid Technologies

Blake Patterson
Lakeshore Financial Partners

Jake Paul
Better Basics

Collie Powers

Brooke Ratliff
Children’s of Alabama

Grace Register
Brasfield & Gorrie

Matt Rowan
Graham & Co.

Anne Tapley
Highlands Day School

Yvonne Taunton

Brad Tew
Brasfield & Gorrie

Anna Unkenholz
Markstein Consulting

Raines Welden
Raymond James

Lauren Yarnish
Medical Properties Trust

Lacey Whatley
Ray & Poynor

River Region Council

David Dennis
Harmon Dennis Bradshaw

Greg Allen, Esq.
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis, & Miles, P.C.

Davy Autrey, Selma
International Paper

Britt Barley
Sterling Bank

Andy Britton
Coco Cola Bottling Company

Melissa Bowman
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Phil Cantrell, Alexander City
Community Volunteer

Carl Calderone

Nim Frazer
Industrial Partners

David Gadilhe
Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Que

Tasha Kendrick
Alabama Power Company

Bill Rice, Jr.
The Alabama Gazette

Jenny Thiessen
Community Volunteer

Stacy Tinsley, Auburn
Community Volunteer

Chris Waller
Ball, Ball, Mathews, & Novak P.A.

Kelly Whitaker
Board of Medical Scholarship Awards

Christian Ware
ServisFirst Bank

River Region Junior Board

Megan Bronson (Chair)

Rebecca Hails
Children’s of Alabama

Jamie Kidd
Webb & Eley, P.C.

Katie Naman
Smart Start Alabama

Drew Nelson
Alabama Medicaid Agency

Ashley Penhale
Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A.

Katie Richard
Couch, Conville & Blitt, LLC

Bailey Waller
Alabama Partnership for Children

Griffith Waller
City Hall

Ada Katherine van Whye
StudentsFirst Alabama

Teen Council

Henry Chang

Fion Chang

Sara Grace Estill

Mary Margaret Freeland

Louise Knight

Allison Pendleton