THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
“The Show Must Go On” Fundraiser Supports LIVE Theatre
Friday, October 23, 2020
Recipients: Valley Youth Theatre and The Phoenix Little Theatre Company
Drs. Stephen Cohen and Amanda Goldberg are supporting live theatre productions since they don’t have a current product to offer the public. “The Show Must Go On,” fundraiser is all day Friday, October 23, when the doctors are donating ALL proceeds that day of eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, etc. to Valley Youth Theatre and Phoenix Theatre . Appointment times for this fundraiser will go fast, call 480-513-3937.
Can’t get an appointment? You can make a tax deductible donation to the event through the “GoFundMe” page. Everyone who donates will be eligible for a drawing for theater season tickets, “Maui Jim” sunglasses, and other prizes.
“The Arts add so much to our quality of life here in the Valley, and we want to make sure they stay viable for the time when we can again all gather,” said Dr. Cohen, “During a time that so many of us feel powerless, it is empowering to be able to help our patients and help the community at the same time,” he added.
Valley Youth Theatre has been in existence for 32 years and was started by one of Dr. Cohen’s first patients, Hope Ozer. “Children who participate in theater derive benefits that will carry forward into adulthood, even if they do not pursue theater as a career,” said Dr. Goldberg.
Valley Youth Theatre Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper is excited about this event. “We are so very grateful for the angels in our community like Drs. Cohen and Goldberg. We were thrilled when they reached out to us with this wonderful idea or this fundraiser! Together we will make sure “The Show Must Go On!’” Alumni of Valley Youth Theatre include Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, and Nick Cartell.
The Phoenix Theatre Company just celebrated its 100th anniversary and is the longest-running theater group west of the Mississippi. This season was the first time that production was suspended in its long and impressive history. It has a national reputation as a first-class company that features local, regional, and national talent and productions. Julia, Haase, Director of Patron Advancement for The Phoenix Theatre Company, added, “In a time when numerous organizations are struggling and in need of support, we’re humbled by Dr. Cohen and Goldberg’s desire to include The Phoenix Theatre Company in their philanthropic efforts highlighting the importance of community connection through the power of live theatre.”
About Doctors My Eyes:
Dr. Stephen Cohen
Dr. Cohen has been in private practice in Scottsdale since 1985, after graduating with clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Cohen is a past-president of the Arizona Optometric Association and is a founding member of the “Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation.” Dr. Cohen is also a past-president of the Scottsdale-North Rotary Club, and the Desert Foothills Theater (where he had lead roles in over a dozen theater productions, including “The Odd Couple,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” and “The King and I”).
Dr. Amanda Goldberg
Dr. Goldberg, a Scottsdale native, returned to join her long-time childhood optometrist (Dr. Cohen) as an associate. She has wanted to be a doctor since third grade and was even awarded “Most Likely to Cure a Disease” by her senior class at Horizon High School. She studied at the Southern California College of Optometry. During her fourth year, she had additional training in refractive surgery co-management and ocular disease in clinics around California and Utah before graduating summa cum laude in May 2019.