TALLAHASSEE /Florida Newswire/ â€” Governor Charlie Crist today recognized Marina Diez of Miami as this weekâ€™s Governorâ€™s Point of Light. â€œMarinaâ€™s kindness and goodwill is making a difference for children with life-threatening medical conditions during lifeâ€™s most difficult times,â€ said Governor Crist. â€œHer commitment and dedication is inspiring and truly exemplifies compassion and generosity.â€
Marina, 17, is an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a member of the organizationâ€™s Speaker Bureau, she advocates the charityâ€™s mission of wish-granting for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Marina speaks at board meetings, as well as other special foundation events such as Royal Caribbeanâ€™s Day on the Deck and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Ball, the organizationâ€™s largest annual event. At each engagement, she raises awareness and recruits volunteers, donors and special event sponsors. In 2008, Marina was a recipient of a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. Over the past 29 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and its network of nearly 25,000 volunteers, has granted the wishes of more than 174,000 children worldwide.
AAA Auto Club South is the supporting sponsor of the Governorâ€™s Points of Light Award. This program recognizes Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary service to the community. Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges comprised of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor. The Volunteer Florida Foundation manages the program.
For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to www.VolunteerFloridaFoundation.org .