Davie, FL – Todd Linden
, chief acquisition officer at the Aventura-based real estate investment company Advenir, Inc., has been elevated to chair-elect of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Board of Directors. Linden will work closely with current chair Michael Ortega
during the nonprofit’s 2013-14 fiscal year before taking over the board’s lead role the following year.
Linden, a member of the executive committee, is beginning his fourth year of board service. He has chaired a Cornerstone Society event that raised more than $200,000 (enough to grant wishes to 40 children with life-threatening medical conditions) and launched Make-A-Wish Champions, a networking group for emerging leaders. During his term as chair, the Southern Florida chapter expects to celebrate the granting of its 10,000th local wish and the 20th anniversary of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser.
“Everyone brings a different skill set to the board and I’m looking forward to working with Michael Ortega during his term as chair,” said Linden, a resident of Miami Beach. “The mission of Make-A-Wish is one that is near to my heart and I’m anxious to have as positive an effect for the children we serve as they’ve had on me.”
In addition to Ortega (Ortega Juneau Construction), Taylor Gang (Evensky & Katz Wealth Management) and Dulce Stephens join Linden as officers of the board for the coming year.
“Our board members are one of the strengths of our organization and we wouldn’t have nearly the success we’ve had without their contributions,” said Norman Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida president/CEO. "Todd’s leadership and outreach on our behalf helps us grant more than 500 wishes each year to sick children in the community.”
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 nonprofitorganization 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 www.sfla.wish.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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