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Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary at the Historic Biltmore Hotel

Three hundred of Miami's leading philanthropists and elected officials spent an extraordinary evening on Saturday, January 28th, enjoying cocktails provided by Bacardi and wine by EI Carajo. Presenting sponsor for the evening was Northern Trust. The co-chairs of the celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Casas and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nostro, were announced this past March at the Northern Trust pre-gala event. Entertainment was provided by Miami Lighthouse's nationally-recognized student and instructor musicians and vocalists.

The evening, commemorating Miami Lighthouse's 85th year, highlighted the organization's beginning in 1931 during an era when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "knights for the blind in the crusade against darkness." In recognition of that important moment, CEO Virginia Jacko referred to an original letter from Helen Keller pertaining to a garden party that Keller had attended. CEO Jacko explained that funds were raised in those early years by holding garden parties where prominent Miamians would attend such as Mrs. Charles Brickell, Mrs. Freeman Burdine, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Mrs. Charles Deering, Mrs. Harvey Firestone and Mrs. Hugh Matheson. The legacy of those formative years continues today, noted CEO Jacko, recognizing those in attendance as truly "knights for the blind."

The silent auction committee was chaired by Jacquelyn Munilla. Corporate sponsors included Florida Power & Light, Florida Blue, Marlins Foundation, Comcast, Perry Ellis International, Gus Machado Ford, Walgreens, The Miami Herald and others. Laurie Jennings, WPLG-TV co-anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremonies; the keynote speaker was Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

85th Celebration Co-chairs Ramón and Ali Casas and Louis and Janet Nostro at Northern Trust pre-gala event  

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman

  Ana Cristina Regalado, Raquel Regalado, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Relagado, CEO Virginia Jacko and City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.

85th Celebration Co-chairs Ramón and Ali Casas and Louis and Janet Nostro at Northern Trust pre-gala event

 

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman

 

Ana Cristina Regalado, Raquel Regalado, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Relagado, CEO Virginia Jacko and City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.

         
Gus and Lilliam Machado, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director George Foyo  

Jorge and Jacquelyn Munilla and Olga and Charles Nielson

  Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva   City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro

Gus and Lilliam Machado, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director George Foyo

 

Jorge and Jacquelyn Munilla and Olga and Charles Nielson

 

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva

 

City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro

             
Bill Roy, Susan Kelley, Board Director Angela Whitman and Dr. Harry Flynn  

Ophelia and Juan Roca, Julie Jacko and François Sainfort

  Eugenia McCrea, Randee Rogers, Patti Galea, Allison Petrat and Shelley Rutherford

Bill Roy, Susan Kelley, Board Director Angela Whitman and Dr. Harry Flynn

 

Ophelia and Juan Roca, Julie Jacko and François Sainfort

 

Eugenia McCrea, Randee Rogers, Patti Galea, Allison Petrat and Shelley Rutherford

         
Board Chair Louis Nostro, Janet Nostro and Julia and Bill Beckham  

Angelina Werra and Lion Greg Werra

  Dr. Joseph and Annabel Selem and Dr. Edward and Laura Jean Gelber

Board Chair Louis Nostro, Janet Nostro and Julia and Bill Beckham

 

Angelina Werra and Lion Greg Werra

 

Dr. Joseph and Annabel Selem and Dr. Edward and Laura Jean Gelber

         
Sheila Freed and Board Director Owen Freed, Nicolas Pisaris and Pam Garrison  

Dan Bell, CEO Virginia Jacko, Mistress of Ceremonies Laurie Jennings

  Mohamed Iskandarani, Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Barbara Alonso

Sheila Freed and Board Director Owen Freed, Nicolas Pisaris and Pam Garrison

 

Dan Bell, CEO Virginia Jacko, Mistress of Ceremonies Laurie Jennings

 

Mohamed Iskandarani, Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Barbara Alonso

         
 
 



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Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eleven consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

 

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.

   
                     

 

 

 

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Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

   
                     
       
 
   
    Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.   Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.   Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.   Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.    
                     
   
 
 

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