Mission Statement

The Magic Moments mission is to grant non-medical magic moments to children ages 4 – 18 with chronic life-threatening or acute life-altering conditions, who live or receive treatment in the state of Alabama, as well as continue a relationship through our Beyond the Moment program. 


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 conditions. 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 5,000 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 Children’s Harbor’s campus accommodates approximately 40 recipients 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 ballparks, Easter egg hunts with the Governor of Alabama, and breakfast with Santa. Beyond the Moment opportunities are offered to families at no expense.

Magic Moments employs five full-time staff members. We operate under a Board of Directors and are supported by an Advisory Council, a River Region Council in Montgomery, and Junior Boards in Birmingham, 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: 205.777.5728
Email: [email protected]

Courtney Carson

Central Alabama Regional Director

Phone: 205.777.5730
Email: [email protected]

Annemarie Kacker

Program Coordinator/Donor Relations

Phone: 205.777.5734
Email: [email protected]

Ashley Edwards

Statewide Magic Moment Coordinator

Phone: 205.777.5741
Email: [email protected]

Kimberly Etherton

Mobile Regional Director

Email: [email protected]

Rachel Rounsaville

Development Director

Phone: 205.335.0898
Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

Jane Huston Crommelin
Ray & Poynor

Shelley Clark
Ray & Poynor

Emily Cutt
Community Volunteer

Mark Emanuelsen
Vuepoint Diagnostics

Bill Fisher
Stringfellow Lumber Company, LLC

Ryan Fredella
Medical Properties Trust

Theresa Friedman
DLB Attorneys at Law, LLC

Jim Heilbron
Southern Company

Layne Held
Salta Capital

Hud Hudson
Williams-Hudson, Inc

Buffie Marks
(Member Emeritus)
Community Volunteer

Kelly Morrison
Community Volunteer

David LeCompte
Bridgeworth Wealth Management

Adam Peck
Lightfoot, Franklin, & White, LLC

Agatha Pihakis
Community Volunteer

Christy Smith

Adam Snable
Guild Mortgage

Brad Tew
Brasfield & Gorrie

Stacy White
Community Volunteer

Garland (Gigi) Youngblood
Tots ‘N’ Teens Pediatrics

Advisory Council

Lynne Cohen
Community Volunteer

Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring

Jack Darnell
Community Volunteer

Kim Davis
Community Volunteer

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

Ron Morrison
Community Volunteer

Bobby Naftel, MD
Baptist Montclair

George Nolen
Mass Mutual

Kay Miles Pace
Community Volunteer

Will Pearson

Josh Petty

Conrad Rafield
Rafield Investment Company

Henry Ray
Ray & Poynor

Jon Register

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

Birmingham Junior Board

Katie Harrison
Cherokee Bend Elementary

Katie Bass
Balch & Bingham LLP

Austin Bradshaw

Lee Castle
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Christi Cowan
Dawson Family of Faith

Findlay Crowe
ServisFirst Bank

Rebecca Crowther
Ray & Poynor

Christina Curtis

Tucker Ellis
ABC Polymer Industries

Julia Giardina
Audio Video Excellence

Taylor Guthans
Milo’s Hamburgers

Ben Harrison
ServisFirst Bank

Charlie Hearn
Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, L.L.C

Keely Kennedy

Bradford Kidd
Harbert Realty Services

Alexis Knox
CRNA Student at The University of Alabama Birmingham

Sarah Kate Powell
Children’s of Alabama

Drew Smalley
The Distribution Point

Madeleine Snidow
Children’s of Alabama

Allie Taylor
The Hydrafacial Co.

Patrick Weatherly
ServisFirst Bank

Sarah Ross Weatherly
LHC Group

L. D. Woods
Associate Professor at UAB

River Region Council

Stacy Tinsley
Community Volunteer

Ross Agee
East Alabama Medical Center

Bubba Armstrong, MD
Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Davy Autrey
International Paper

Britt Barley

Heidi Beattie
Troy University

Andy Britton
Coca Cola Bottling Company

Hunter Bronson
Retirement Systems of Alabama

Melissa Bowman
Montgomery Area Council on Aging

Carl Calderone
Caddell Construction

Sheron Elmore
River Bank

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

Nim Frazer
Industrial Partners

David Gadilhe
Jim N’ Nicks Community Bar-B-Que

Tasha Kendrick
Alabama Power

Scott Parker
City of Opelika

Jenny Thiessen
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

Charlie Hawthorne
District Attorney’s Office for 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Ashlee Allen

Maghen Barranco
Stamp Idea Group

Megan Bronson
Bronson Communications

Lexie Crane
Becton Dickinson

Leeanne Dean
Meridiem Advisory Group

Mary Kathryn Fletcher
Behavioral Medicine

Business Council of Alabama

Caroline Hall
Advisory South

Rebecca Holtsford
Physicians to Children

Davis Jones

Charlsie Miller
Pharmacy Care Associates

Katie Richard
Alabama Department of Finance

Camille Sanford
Warren Averett

Lexie SoloRio
State of Alabama Personnel Department

Emily Wise
Emily Wise Photography

Mobile Council

Cara Mia Braswell
Community Volunteer

Donna Dewberry
Livian Gulf Coast

Mike Dumas
Michael Dumas Image Arts

Amanda Lofton
Alabama Power

Holly Morse
Community Volunteer

Stacy Simmons
Alabama Power

Melissa Sprinkle
Elite Real Estate Solutions

Mobile Junior Board

Morgan Crippen
Portside Advertising

Braxton Bostwick

Kakki Knott
MSW Student at The University of Alabama

Henry Mann
John H. Carter Company, Inc.

Molly Middleton
Reese’s Senior Bowl

Dickson Thames
First Horizon Bank