About

Mission Statement

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 4,600 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 1997 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 five full-time and one part-time staff members. We operate under a 24 member Board of Directors and are supported by a 23 member Advisory Council as well as Councils in Montgomery and Mobile.

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]

Anna Scalici Martin

Special Events and Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 205.638.2426
Email: [email protected]

Shequita Malone

Statewide Magic Moment Coordinator

Phone: 205.638.9608
Email: [email protected]

Terra Mortensen

Grants Officer

Phone: 205.638.9372
Email: [email protected]

Sharon Stokes

Mobile Regional Director

Phone: 251.232.4101
Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

Kimberly A. Tew
Chairperson
Synovus Securities, Inc.

Bubba Armstrong, MD
(River Region Representative)
Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons

Shelley Clark
Ray & Poynor

Jack Darnall
Brasfield & Gorrie

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

Kate Johnson
Community Volunteer

Amy Kabase
Spectrum Reach

Tina Littlepage
Morgan Stanley

Buffie Marks
(Member Emeritus)
Community Volunteer

Jim McCormick
Pryor McCormick Investments

Merrill McWhorter
Beauty Counter

Kelly Morrison
Regions Bank

Jessica Naftel
Community Volunteer

Adam Peck
Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP

Josh Petty
BB&T

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

Advisory Council

Lynne Cohen
Community Volunteer

Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring

Tom Curtin
CRC Insurance

David Dixon
Dixon Group, Inc.

J. Timothy Downard, CPA
Haynes Downard, LLP

Alan Dreher
Jefferson Iron and Metals

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
mental_floss

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

Jessica Walker
Chair
Regions Financial Corp

Bill Anderson
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jordan Brooks
Morgan Stanley

Kaitlin Candelaria
FitnessHQ

Kristin Davis
BBVA

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
Trivaco

Brooke Ratliff
Children’s of Alabama

Grace Register
Brasfield & Gorrie

Matt Rowan
Graham & Co.

Anne Tapley
Highlands Day School

Yvonne Taunton
o2ideas

Brad Tew
Brasfield & Gorrie

Anna Unkenholz
Markstein Consulting

Raines Welden
Raymond James

Lauren Yarnish
Medical Properties Trust

Lacey Whatley
Ray & Poynor

River Region Council

Chris Waller
Chair
Ball, Ball, Matthews, & Novak, P.A.

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

Bubba Armstrong, MD
Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons

Davy Autrey, Selma
First Aid & Safety

Britt Barley
Sterling Bank

Sara Beasley
Community Volunteer

Heidi Beattie
Troy University

Andy Britton
Coco Cola Bottling Company

Melissa Bowman (Past Chair)
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Phil Cantrell, Alexander City
Community Volunteer

Nim Frazer (Past Chair)
Industrial Partners

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

Tasha Kendrick
Alabama Power Company

Ray Petty
ServisFirst Bank

Bill Rice, Jr.
The Alabama Gazette

Jenny Thiessen
Community Volunteer

Stacy Tinsley, Auburn
Community Volunteer

Kelly Whitaker
Board of Medical Scholarship Awards

River Region Junior Board

Jessica Anderson (Chair)
Hatton Brown Publishers

Camilla Austin
CCC Associates

Megan Bronson
Auburn University of Montgomery

Kelly Cox
Auburn University of Montgomery

Mary Kathryn Fletcher
Triumph Services

Rebecca Hails
Children’s of Alabama

Lane Jenks
Community Volunteer

Jamie Kidd
Webb & Eley, P.C.

Bailey McKell
Alabama Partnership for Children

Katie Naman
Smart Start Alabama

Drew Nelson
Alabama Medicaid Agency

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

Parker Pippen
Park Crossing High School

Alyson Reynolds
United Gymstars & Cheer

Katie Richard
Couch, Conville & Blitt, LLC

Marissa Sanchez
Warren Averett

Will Steineker
Self Employed

Griffith Waller
City Hall

Ada Katherine van Whye
StudentsFirst Alabama

Carly Wilkins
Law Office of Carly Wilkins

Gulf Coast Council

Chris Hankins, Chair
Reach Home Service

Emily Hankins
Chickasaw County Schools

Frank Lilley
Gulf Electric Co. of Mobile

Melissa Sprinkle
Cardiology Associates

Mindi Waite
Community Volunteer

Teen Council