added Mar. 1st, 2013
I recently had the pleasure of meeting an extraordinary couple. Mind you, my job as a journalist allows me to do this quite often but rarely do these meetings have such a profound effect on me or my family. Being the mother of a child with special needs lends itself not only to unique challenges but to many unexpected blessings, and this meeting was one of those.
“Every child deserves a little piece of heaven” is the life’s mission of Alber and Theresa Goldberg from Glomania USA and StarMakerFX. This husband and wife duo has combined their large hearts and artistic talents to change the lives of deserving people across the globe, from Romania to Sandy, Utah.
Glomania USA manufactures and distributes glow in the dark paints and pigments. Their paints are invisible in the daylight but come alive in darkness, creating a feel of movement as they slowly fade as the night progresses. Glomania USA uses its profits from sales to fund and support the charitable division of the business, StarMakerFX.
Theresa was inspired to create StarMakerFX after an accident while ice skating 8 years ago. Theresa suffered a head trauma that left her unable to speak for 3 weeks. When she came to, she had a newfound purpose in life. She and her husband Alber paint Cosmic Star Ceiling murals for children, especially those with special needs.
“I remember an overwhelming feeling and a need to get what we do out to all kids,” Theresa said. “It gave me a new purpose; I truly believe every child deserves a little piece of heaven.”
The Goldberg’s were living in the U. K. at the time and running Glomania International. After doing some research and spending a week in Utah during the summer, they uprooted their family and moved here to grow the business in the U. S.
“We chose Utah due to its high population of autistic children and adoptions,” Alber said. “After spending a week here, we couldn't find any negatives not to move here.”
Theresa has a background in special education and also is the mother of a profoundly deaf child. She understands first-hand the challenges both the child and the families face when dealing with special needs. “If we can help alleviate some of the pressure off the child and the family and put a smile on people’s faces, it gives us great pleasure,” Theresa said.
The Goldberg’s realized that the largest and generally untouched wall looked at every day is the ceiling, especially for children with little or no mobility. By painting a mural on the ceiling it gives them something fun to look at and focus on. Patrons can visit their showrooms in Sandy and get a feel for the amazing creations these talented artist can create and design their own specific to their likes and interest.
“There are not many people who can do what we do,” Alber said. “We are the specialist in our field but our goal is to train an artist in every state to do what we do. We give what we can back, we are not a big company so we need sponsors to help offset the costs of our donated ceilings, but we will never turn a deserving child away.”
Alber and Theresa spent a day at my house, painting magic on my son’s ceiling. I was a little concerned how he would react to this change in his personal space due to his rigidity of routine and I have to say, his reaction surprised even me. That evening, lying on his back, looking up at the Milky Way and the stars, he repeatedly said, “Lucky me!” He took the words right out of my mouth.
9486 South Union Square
Sandy, Utah 84070
Glomania USA also sells UV paints, black lights, Disney wall stickers and other products at their retail location. For more information, please visit their website at www.GloManiaUSA.com.