SPECIAL day for special kids! 

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club will host its 35th annual Special Day for Special Kids!

Saturday, March 11, 2023

10:00 am until 2:00 pm


McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

7301 E. Indian Bend Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85250


The free event is designed to honor and provide a fun day for special needs children and their families. All admission, the fair, and the food are a gift of the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club.


PARKING:  We ask that you drop everyone at the park with the items you need for the day.  Drive to St Barnabas of the Desert, 6715 N Mockingbird Ln, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.  
Park in the North Lot.  We will have two 15 passenger vans that will return you to the park.  It is less than a one mile trip.  We are unable to transport car seats, wheel chairs, etc. so please drop your passengers at the park before you go to Saint Barnabas.  It is necessary that we do as much off-site parking as possible as the retailers across the street will not allow parking during their business hours.

The event provides games with prizes, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, pop corn, and beverages for all. 

In addition, these organizations help make the event a success:

  • Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Howler from the Coyotes, Baxter  
  • D-Back's Big Red from the Cardinals.
  • Sun Devils dance team
  • Liberty Wildlife
  • The Herpetological Society
  • Scottsdale Boy Scouts
  • Scottsdale Police K-9 Unit and I-Dent-A-Kid
  • Scottsdale Fire Department 
  • Visits to the Mechanical Society Train Museum and Live Steamers
  • Bouncy Things, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides

Booths with games and face painting which adds to the fun and enjoyment by all.

Raising Special Kids assisted the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club in getting the news out to all families in Arizona on the date of the event.

Food and beverages are donated by Ablertson's, Denis & Donna Weinhoff, Frito-Lay, Shamrock Foods, Redi-Ice, and Gatorade-Pepsico, 

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park donated the use of the park and the Mechanical Society Train Museum and Live Steamers.  The Mechanical Society, Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary and Rotary District 5495 donate one train rides or a carousel ride per persons up to 3,000 people.

Without the donations from our sponsors this amazing event would not be possible!


This event is also funded through a Good Morning Great Cause Breakfast being held on February 25, 2023 at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E McCormick Pkwy Scottsdale, AZ 85258. 

To attend the breakfast, contact Evie Haberer eviehaberer@cox.net    

To contribute go to: https://raisingspecialkids.org/good-morning-great-cause/     


The 2019 event attendance was approximately 2,400 and we were blessed with perfect weather.  2020 was canceled due to weather and 2021 canceled due to Covid-19.

The Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club is assisted by Raising Special Kids, ASU Rotaract Club, Boy Scout Troops #649 and #30, Girl Scouts, and many other service organizations.