Scottsdale optometrists, Drs. Stephen Cohen and Amanda Goldberg are supporting live theatre since they donâ€™t have a current product to offer the public. â€œThe Show Must Go On,â€ fundraiser is Friday, October 23, from 7:30am to 4:30pm and the doctors are donating ALL proceeds that day of eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, etc. to Valley Youth Theatreâ€¯www.vyt.comâ€¯and Phoenix Theatreâ€¯https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/.â€¯Appointment times for this fundraiser will go fast, so to book, call 480-513-3937.â€¯â€¯Their office address is 10900 N Scottsdale Road, Suite 301, Scottsdale. More info: http://www.doctormyeyes.net
Canâ€™t get an appointment? You can make a tax deductible donation to the event through the â€œGoFundMeâ€œ page.â€¯To donate visitâ€¯www.doctormyeyes.net and click on the pop-up â€œThe Show Must Go On.â€ Everyone who donates will be eligible for a drawing for theater season tickets, â€œMaui Jimâ€ sunglasses, and other prizes.â€¯
â€œThe 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,â€ said Dr. Cohen, â€œDuring 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,â€ he added. â€¯Valley Youth Theatre has been in existence for 32 years and was started by one of Dr. Cohenâ€™s first patients, Hope Ozer.
â€œChildren who participate in theater derive benefits that will carry forward into adulthood, even if they do not pursue theater as a career,â€ said Dr. Goldberg.â€¯â€¯ â€¯
Valley Youth Theatre Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper is excited about this event.â€¯ â€œWe are so very grateful for the angels in our community like Drs. Cohen and Goldberg.â€¯ We were thrilled when they reached out to us with this wonderful idea for this fundraiser!â€¯Together we will make sure â€˜The Show Must Go On!â€™â€ Alumni ofâ€¯Valley Youth Theatreâ€¯include Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, and Nick Cartell. â€¯
The Phoenix Theatre Company just celebrated its 100thâ€¯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, â€œIn a time when numerous organizations are struggling and in need of support, weâ€™re humbled by Dr. Cohen and Goldbergâ€™sâ€¯ desire to include The Phoenix Theatre Company in their philanthropic efforts highlighting the importance of community connection through the power of live theatre.â€ â€¯ â€¯
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 previously selected as the Arizona â€œOptometrist of the year,â€ and his practice has been ranked as â€œ#1 in eye careâ€ in Scottsdale for six years in a row, in the â€œtop 10â€ in Arizonaâ€ five times, and â€œtop 10â€ in the US twice. 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 â€œThe Odd Couple,â€ â€œSame Time Next Year,â€ â€œDial â€˜Mâ€™ for Murder,â€ and â€œThe King and Iâ€.
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 â€œMost Likely to Cure a Diseaseâ€ 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.