Richard Kelly is the chief operating officer of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, the fifth largest Make-A-Wish chapter in the world. Kelly joined the Make-A-Wish staff as director of special events in 1997 and was promoted to his current role in 2006.
Kelly’s main responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the chapter’s 22-county footprint while maintaining and enhancing the brand of the organization. Kelly is also involved with the chapter’s budgeting, planning, compliance, and growth initiatives.
Previously, Kelly served as the community relations assistant for Miami Dolphins from 1993 – 1997. He became intimately involved with the Make-A-Wish organization after coordinating many of the “meet Dan Marino” wishes which featured wish kids.
Kelly resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida with his wife of 31 years Pauline and has three daughters – Meaghan, Alyssa and Hannah. He is an avid runner who has completed eight marathons and enjoys outdoor activities, sporting events, and spending time with his family.
Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida (www.sfla.wish.org, @makeawishsfla) has a sole mission: creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1983, the Southern Florida has granted more than 13,000 wishes and expects to grant more than 600 wishes this year alone.
In Episode 24 of World Of Wishes, we’re calling back to our first episode and sitting down with our chapter’s President & CEO, Norm Wedderburn to discuss the state of our chapter, running a non-profit, the opening of the Finker-Frenkel Wish House, and much more.