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Annual Donor Celebration 2014


October 08, 2014



Miami, FL – Following a donor appreciation event that reflected on a year in which it granted a wish for a sick child every 16 hours, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida looked to the future with the announcement of officers that will lead its Board of Directors during the 2014-15 fiscal year:

  • Todd Linden (Advenir, Inc.) – Chair
  • Taylor Gang (Evensky & Katz Wealth Management) – Chair-Elect
  • Shareef Malnik (The Forge) – Chair-Elect Designate
  • Jodi Siravo – Treasurer

526 children who have life-threatening medical conditions had their wishes come true in the past 12 months through the efforts of the nonprofit. The chapter recognized the significant contributions of several corporate sponsors and individuals by honoring them at Jungle Island:

  • In-kind Angel Award:  InterContinental Miami
  • Media Partner of the Year:  Sun Sentinel
  • Community Partner of the Year:  Miami Marlins
  • Shining Star Award:  Woodbury, Santiago & Correoso, P.A
  • Foundation of the Year:  Orange Bowl Committee
  • Corporation of the Year:  Gonzalez & Associates   
  • Young Philanthropist Innovation Award: Nicholas Caine
  • Sharon Novak Lifelong Ambassador Award:  Scaduto Family Charitable Trust
  • Nancy J. Strom Spirit Award:  Dulce Stephens
  • Board Member of the Year Award:  Dulce Stephens

 Dr. Art Diskin (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines), Rick Fernandez (Northern Trust), Eugene Frenkel (Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust), Todd Glaser, and Tim O’Hara (PricewaterhouseCoopers) 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.”

Having recently celebrated 30 years of wish-granting, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has delivered nearly 10,000 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 average cost of a wish is $5,000 and the Southern Florida chapter 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
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Phone : (954) 967-9474 x307
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