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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida Hosts Annual Donor Celebration


September 12, 2013

Miami, FL – Prior to an annual donor appreciation event that will reflect on a year in which it granted its 9,000th local wish, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida looks to the future with the announcement of officers that will lead its Board of Directors in the 2013-14 fiscal year: Michael Ortega (Ortega Construction Company) – Chair; Todd Linden (Advenir, Inc.) – Chair-Elect; Taylor Gang (Evensky & Katz Wealth Management) – Chair-Elect Designate; and Dulce Stephens – Treasurer.
507 children who have life-threatening medical conditions had their wishes come true in the past 12 months through the efforts of the nonprofit (  That wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of corporate sponsors and individuals, several of whom will be honored October 2 at Jungle Island:
  • Corporation of the Year:  The Learning Experience
  • Foundation of the Year:  Carnival Foundation
  • Media Partner of the Year:  Sun Sports
  • In-kind Angel Award:  Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation 
  • Community Partner of the Year:  Pediatric Associates 
  • Shining Star Award:  Ninalicia Bielejeski
  • Sharon Novak Lifelong Ambassador Award:  Michele Eddy
  • Nancy J. Strom Spirit Award:  Harvey and Roberta Chaplin
Greg Baty (Hamilton Lane), Jodi Siravo (Norwegian Cruise Line), and Angela Valdes (Equity One) will become members of the Board of Directors during the donor recognition event.   

“We’re indebted to everyone who helps us bring happiness into the lives of children and families coping with difficult circumstances,” said Norman Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida president/CEO.  "Their unselfish devotion to our cause enables us to provide life-altering wish experiences that empower both the recipients and all those connected to it.”

Celebrating its 30th year of wish granting, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has fulfilled more than 9,000 wishes for children who have life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  Wish kids most often ‘wish to be’ (something), ‘wish to meet’ (someone), ‘wish to go’ (somewhere), or ‘wish to have’ (something) and the nonprofit organization makes this happen for the child and his/her entire family at no cost to them.

The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000, and is committed to making a dream come true for every medically-eligible child in its territory, which includes 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It completes its mission without federal or state funding, raising money through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants, and individual contributions.  

For more information, to make a donation, volunteer or refer a child, call (888) 773-WISH or connect at and on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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Richard Kelly
Chief Operating Officer
4491 S State Road 7 Suite 201
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33314

Phone : (954) 967-9474 x307
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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Inc.
4491 S State Road 7
Suite 201
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 967-9474
Toll Free (888) 773-9474
Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Southwest Florida Regional Office
3655 Bonita Beach Road
Suite 3
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 992-9474

Make-A-Wish® U.S. Virgin Islands
PMB 547
8168 Crown Bay Marina Ste 505
St Thomas, VI 00802-5819
(340) 474-0798

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Tampa Bay Regional Office
324 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite 203
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 288-2600

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Suncoast Regional Office
3430 Magic Oak Lane
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-9474