Davie, FL – Michael Ortega, a Vice President at the Miami-based Ortega Juneau construction company, will lead Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Board of Directors during its 2013-14 fiscal year.
Ortega has served on the board for six years and most recently chaired “Make-A-Wish Month,” which raised more than $200,000 and underwrote the cost of 40 wishes for children who have life-threatening medical conditions. A member of the executive committee, Ortega succeeds Brett Rose, under whose leadership the organization granted its 9,000th local wish earlier this year.
“Having personally witnessed the positive impact a wish has for children and families, it is an honor to lead the efforts of an organization dedicated to delivering that magic to every medically-eligible child in its territory,” said Ortega, a Coral Gables resident.
Todd Linden (Advenir, Inc.), Taylor Gang (Evensky & Katz Wealth Management), and Dulce Stephens join Ortega as officers of the board for the coming year.
“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 delivered more than 9,000 wishes to 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, which includes 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands, grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000. 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 www.sfla.wish.org
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