Make a Difference Day

On June 8, 2007 Arizona Magic of Music & Dance Camp presented Snow White and the 17 Dwarfs to an audience of over 80 parents, high school students, community supporters and volunteers in Fountain Hills. The plans are to take this extraordinary event to the East and West sides of the Valley. I understand there has also been a request from Colorado to bring the program to their state!

Arizona Magic of Music & Dance Camp is a unique program for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities. In just one week they are prepared to stage a wonderful theater production written and choreographed especially for them. The volunteer efforts of special education teachers, high school students, stage directors, costume and stage volunteers, kitchen help and many others give these children the opportunity to participate in an event that is otherwise seen as too complex for their situations.

This program provides each actor with music in their souls if they cannot speak and dancing in their hearts if they cannot walk. It guarantees fabulous memories for all involved. The volunteer “teen buddies” blossom with joy and pride when, after just one week, they are on-stage performing in a production like no other. In a world so focused on physical and mental accomplishments, this experience may be the first time these kids have had the opportunity to truly shine. No previous experience needed!

Not only are their lives touched, but each of the volunteers learn from the experience of working with such special people, developing strengths, values and abilities, while learning the power of servant leadership. The high school student volunteers are able to grow their sense of diversity and leadership as each is assigned to one of our “actors.” These unique teens “shadow” their assigned actors for the week helping them

Their founder, Ruth Covey gives of her time while performing her executive duties at HYI but she also financially supports this fabulous group. Her son, Barrett, who is a special needs child, is one of our stars. Ruth had enrolled Barrett in a similar program in Aspen Colorado and after the second year and performance, she had the idea of bringing this program to Arizona.

Please support our efforts by donating at

Marsha Petrie Sue – 480.661.8756
Stearing Committee – Arizona Magic of Music & Dance

Professionsl Speaker, and Best Selling Author

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