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Dog Walk / Yappy Hour

2016 Miami Lighthouse Yappy Hour

Tuesday evening, March 22nd, was one of the most fun-filled benefits ever hosted by Miami Lighthouse. Billed as "An Event for People and Dogs," it took place on the spacious outdoor patio of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar in Midtown Miami.

Snapples, Petie, and Tucker donning their Britto "Azul"  bandanas at the Yappy Hour
Snapples, Petie, and Tucker donning their Britto "Azul" bandanas at the Yappy Hour.

The evening was attended by nearly 100 guests and approximately 40 dogs of every size and breed, some even dressed in costume. Giveaways included doggie bandanas featuring Britto's Azul as well as doggie tote bags with lots of canine goodies. There were even prizes for the most talented dog and the best dog/owner look-alike. Everyone had a wonderful time -- dogs included!

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Gray Robinson PA, MAPFRE Insurance, Knowles Animal Clinics, BizSolutions, Absolute Graphics, and Susan Conroy Design.

What does world renowned pop-artist Romero Britto have to do with the Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk? For the past seven years he has graciously allowed us to use his painting of a dog “Azul” on the tee shirts for this event. This year he donated a signed Azul dog figurine which was the grand prize for most participant pledges collected, and 20% of proceeds from the BRITTO Pop-Art Cart went to Miami Lighthouse. Romero Britto was the honoree at this year’s Dog Walk in recognition of the many ways he has supported Miami Lighthouse over the years.

Britto Azul figurine presented to County Commissioner Sally Heyman who collected the most pledges in support of this year’s Dog Walk   BRITTO Pop-Art Cart

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Britto Azul figurine presented to County Commissioner Sally Heyman who collected the most pledges in support of this year’s Dog Walk

 

Photo Courtesy of Bob Jacko.
BRITTO Pop-Art Cart

Over 300 walkers with their dog guides, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held its seventh annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 16th. The St. Patrick’s Day themed walk was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and emceed by NBC-6 chief meteorologist John Morales.

Miami Lighthouse Board Directors, Emcee John Morales, CEO Virginia Jacko,  Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.
Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Miami Lighthouse Board Directors, Emcee John Morales, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk was sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, BRITTO, McDonald’s, Brickell Bay Animal Hospital, GrayRobinson, Amerigroup, Milton and Patricia Wallace, tMiami, BizSolutions, NBC-6 Miami, Susan Conroy Design, and Absolute Graphics.

Emcee John Morales, Aventura Commissioner Enbar Cohen, Grand Marshal Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr., Director Angela Whitman, Director Steven Solomon, CEO Virginia Jacko, Director Lou Nostro and City of North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith   CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr., with Dr. Greg Frishman of Brickell Bay Animal Hospital and his daughter

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Emcee John Morales, Aventura Commissioner Enbar Cohen, Grand Marshal Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr., Director Angela Whitman, Director Steven Solomon, CEO Virginia Jacko, Director Lou Nostro and City of North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr., with Dr. Greg Frishman of Brickell Bay Animal Hospital and his daughter

     
Board Director Pete Harrison with Lunita   Board Director Bill Beckham walking Rhett Butler

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
Board Director Pete Harrison with Lunita

 

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
Board Director Bill Beckham walking Rhett Butler

     

Miami Lighthouse Board Directors, Emcee John Morales, CEO Virginia Jacko,  Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.
Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
Emcee John Morales receives a recognition award made by Miami Lighthouse Social Group Activities Participants.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our seventh annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and works with a dog guide named Kieran.

CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with Debi Hertzbach of tMiami.com   CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with Susie Conroy of Susan Conroy Design

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with Debi Hertzbach of tMiami.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with
Susie Conroy of Susan Conroy Design

     
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste of BizSolutions   Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Transition instructor and students

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with
Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste of BizSolutions

 

Photo Courtesy of Pawtography.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Transition instructor and students

     

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program™
Photo Courtesy of Bob Jacko.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program™.



Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.

Over 400 walkers with their dog guides, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held their sixth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 3rd. This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez with CBS Channel 4’s Rhiannon Ally and David Bernard as emcees.

Board Director Steven Solomon, Emcees Rhiannon Ally and David Bernard, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr., CEO Virginia Jacko, Margot Mankes Aide to County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez.
Photo Courtesy of Marcelo Sallup.
Board Director Steven Solomon, Emcees Rhiannon Ally and David Bernard,
Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr., CEO Virginia Jacko,
Margot Mankes Aide to County Commissioner Sally Heyman,
Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez.

Janice Bartleson, David Bannister, Margot Mankes Aide to County Commissioner Sally Heyman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.
Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Janice Bartleson, David Bannister, Margot Mankes Aide to County Commissioner Sally Heyman,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez,
with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk is sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Brickell Motors, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Gray Robinson, Brickell Bay Animal Hospital, Milton and Patricia Wallace, Rugsies Carpet & Drapery Cleaning, Group M, BizSolutions, Britto, CBS 4 Miami, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Panera Bread, Fresh Market and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club.

Lenor Ryan and Samantha Fass of the Shops at Midtown Miami, CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. and Public Defender Carlos Martinez   CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr., Public Defender Carlos Martinez and Margot Mankes Aide to County Commissioner Sally Heyman

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Lenor Ryan and Samantha Fass of the Shops at Midtown Miami,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. and
Public Defender Carlos Martinez

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.,
Public Defender Carlos Martinez and Margot Mankes Aide to County
Commissioner Sally Heyman

     
Dog Owner Look-a-Like winner   Dog Walkers enjoy the beautiful day

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Dog Owner Look-a-Like winner

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Dog Walkers enjoy the beautiful day

This year’s grand prize winner, Judge Teresa Mary Pooler, for most participant pledges collected received two tickets with a once in a lifetime meet and greet experience with Cesar Millan “The Dog Whisperer” at The Fillmore.

Ian Bohan of Live Nation presents Public Defender Carlos Martinez the grand prize in the absence of Judge Mary Teresa Pooler.
Photo Courtesy of Marcelo Sallup.
Ian Bohan of Live Nation presents Public Defender Carlos Martinez
the grand prize in the absence of Judge Mary Teresa Pooler.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our sixth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide named, Kieran.

Brickell Bay Animal Hospital   CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr. with Public Defender Carlos Martinez and Mark Mays of Brickell Motors

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Brickell Bay Animal Hospital

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.
with Public Defender Carlos Martinez and Mark Mays of Brickell Motors

     
Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste of BizSolutions   Shops at Midtown Miami representatives

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste of BizSolutions

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Shops at Midtown Miami representatives

University of Miami Delta Gamma’s at t-shirt and bandana table
Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
University of Miami Delta Gamma’s at t-shirt and bandana table.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Transition instructors and students
Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Transition instructors and students.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program™
Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program™.

2012 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk
2012 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick

Over 150 walkers with their guide dogs, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held their fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 25th. This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman with WPLG Channel 10’s Sasha Andrade as emcee.

Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, President and CEO of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Virginia Jacko with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
 Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, County Commissioner Sally Heyman,
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, President and CEO of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Virginia Jacko
with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide named, Kieran. Special recognition was given to Commissioner Sally Heyman and Carol Russo who conceived the idea for the dog walk five years ago. Contest prizes for “cutest,” “look-alike,” and “most talented dog,” were judged by Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, Chairman of Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors Michael Silva, Board Director Lou Nostro and Dog Walk co-creator Carol Russo. Also in attendance was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Music and sound engineering was provided by instructors in the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™.

Emcee Sasha Andrade, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva, Commissioner Sally Heyman And Carol Russo   Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and family

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Emcee Sasha Andrade, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva,
Commissioner Sally Heyman And Carol Russo

 

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and family

     
Chairman of the Board Michael Silva, President and CEO Virginia Jacko and Jason Loeb with the Sudsies Family   Carol Russo and Commissioner Sally Heyman

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva,
President and CEO Virginia Jacko and
Jason Loeb with the Sudsies Family

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Carol Russo and Commissioner Sally Heyman

     
Dog Owner Look-a-Like winner   Cindy Soell with Sequioa

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Dog Owner Look-a-Like winner

 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Goodman.
Cindy Soell with Sequioa

     
CEO Virginia Jacko, Steven Marcus, President & CEO Health Foundation of South Florida and Ruth Marcus

CEO Virginia Jacko, Steven Marcus, President & CEO
Health Foundation of South Florida and Ruth Marcus

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk was sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Brickell Motors, Met Life, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, GrayRobinson, Banfield Pet Hospital, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, Milton and Patricia Wallace, Rugsies Carpet & Drapery Cleaning, BizSolutions, Britto, WPLG Local 10, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Brooklyn Bagels, Fuze and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club.

iPrep Key Club   Chairman of the Board Michael Silva with Steven Solomon of GreyRobinson and Antonio Cardona of Banfield Pet Hosptial

iPrep Key Club

 

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva with Steven Solomon of
GreyRobinson and Antonio Cardona of Banfield Pet Hosptial

     
Andy Elwell of BizSolutions, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva, Morgan and Sami Loeb of Sudsies and Susie Conroy of Susan Conroy Design   Shops at Midtown Miami representatives

Andy Elwell of BizSolutions, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva,
Morgan and Sami Loeb of Sudsies and Susie Conroy of Susan Conroy Design

 

Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick.
Shops at Midtown Miami representatives

     
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind registration staff

Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind registration staff

 
 

2011 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk
2011 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, walkers and their dogs participated in the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami. The event raised over $19,000 for the Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program which prepares visually impaired clients who wish to use a guide dog.

This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitaries, Miami-Dade County Commissioners Sally Heyman and Dennis Moss and NBC Chief Meteorologist John Morales. Members of the Miami Dolphins Special Teams organization along with service dogs from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also joined in on the days wonderful festivities.

Walkers begin registration bright and early   Miami Lighthouse staff eagerly ready to hand out Walk, Waggle & Stroll T-Shirts

Walkers begin registration bright and early

 

Miami Lighthouse staff eagerly ready to hand out
Walk, Waggle & Stroll T-Shirts

     
Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ Musicians play before the walk   Miami Dolphins Special Teams Unit ready to volunteer

Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™
Musicians play before the walk

 

Miami Dolphins Special Teams Unit ready to volunteer

     
Miami Lighthouse Executive Board Members Pam Garrison, John Harriman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Lou Nostro, and Ray Casas with Commissioner Dennis Moss   Patrons ready to walk

Miami Lighthouse Executive Board Members Pam Garrison, John Harriman,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Lou Nostro, and Ray Casas with Commissioner Dennis Moss

 

Patrons ready to walk

     
Commissioner Dennis Moss and CEO Virginia Jacko   Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and CEO Virginia Jacko

Commissioner Dennis Moss and CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and CEO Virginia Jacko

     
Miami Fire Rescue Dogs ready to start walking   Lenor Ryan, Shops at Midtown Miami, leads the way

Miami Fire Rescue Dogs ready to start walking

 

Lenor Ryan, Shops at Midtown Miami, leads the way

     
CEO Virginia Jacko and guide dog Kieran  

CEO Virginia Jacko and guide dog Kieran

 

 

     
 
     
Resting after the walk   Really resting after the walk

Resting after the walk

 

Really resting after the walk

     
Walk, Waggle & Stroll Contest Judges: Commissioner Dennis Moss, Honorary Board Director Carol Russo, Board Director Ray Casas, Commissioner Carlos Gimenez  

Walk, Waggle & Stroll Contest Judges: Commissioner Dennis Moss,
Honorary Board Director Carol Russo, Board Director Ray Casas,
Commissioner Carlos Gimenez

 

Contest for Best Smile Applicants

     
Tryout for Most Talented dog contest   Owner/Canine Look-alike contest winner

Tryout for Most Talented dog contest

 

Owner/Canine Look-alike contest winner

We are grateful to our sponsors: The Shops at Midtown Miami, Petsmart, Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market, NBC-6 Miami, Miami-Dade County Commissioners Sally Heyman and Dennis Moss, Publix, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Costco, The Miami Dolphins Foundation, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, Romero Britto, Sudsies, BizSolutions, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mac Parking and Coral Way Columbian Lions Club.

John Morales thanked by CEO Virginia Jacko for being the Master of Ceremonies   John Morales, Chief Meteorologist NBC-6 Miami,announces the dog walk sponsors

John Morales thanked by CEO Virginia Jacko
for being the Master of Ceremonies

 

John Morales, Chief Meteorologist NBC-6 Miami,
announces the dog walk sponsors

     
The Shops at Midtown Miami   Lenor Ryan, Shops at Midtown Miami, receives plaque for being Top Dog Sponsor

The Shops at Midtown Miami

 

Lenor Ryan, Shops at Midtown Miami,
receives plaque for being Top Dog Sponsor

     
Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market receives plaque for being Show Dog Sponsor   Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market receives
plaque for being Show Dog Sponsor

 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Margot Mankes-Goldstein accepts plaque on behalf of Commissioner Sally Heyman for being Show Dog Sponsor   Commissioner Dennis Moss is thanked for being Classy Canine Sponsor

Margot Mankes-Goldstein accepts plaque on behalf of
Commissioner Sally Heyman for being Show Dog Sponsor

 

Commissioner Dennis Moss is thanked for being
Classy Canine Sponsor

     
Banfield Pet Hospital accepts plaque for their Furry Friend Sponsorship   Banfield Pet Hospital

Banfield Pet Hospital accepts plaque for their Furry Friend Sponsorship

 

Banfield Pet Hospital

     
Rugsies Carpet and Drapery Cleaning   Jason Loeb, Rugsies, and family accept plaque for their Furry Friend Sponsorship

Rugsies Carpet and Drapery Cleaning

 

Jason Loeb, Rugsies, and family accept
plaque for their Furry Friend Sponsorship

     
BizSolutions   Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste, BizSolutions, are thanked for their sponsorship

BizSolutions

 

Andy Elwell and Ramon Ariste, BizSolutions,
are thanked for their sponsorship

     
Susan Conroy thanked for designing the brochures   Adam Gross, Miami Dolphins, thanked for their participation   Elena Badoya, Coral Way Columbian Lions Club, thanked for providing diabetes screenings

Susan Conroy thanked for designing
the brochures

 

Adam Gross, Miami Dolphins,
thanked for their participation

 

Elena Badoya, Coral Way Columbian Lions Club,
thanked for providing diabetes screenings

         
Costco   Project Paws   Pet Chamber of Commerce

Costco

 

Project Paws

 

Pet Chamber of Commerce

         
Your 2011 Walk, Waggle & Stroll Miami Lighthouse Staff Members

Your 2011 Walk, Waggle & Stroll Miami Lighthouse Staff Members

 
 
 

2010 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

   

President and CEO Virginia Jacko with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Search and Rescue Canine Team- Florida Task Force 1

President and CEO Virginia Jacko with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Search and
Rescue Canine Team- Florida Task Force 1

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, hundreds of patrons participated in the Third Annual Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami. Through the event, nearly $20,000 was raised for the Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program.

The Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program prepares visually impaired clients who wish to use a guide dog. Successful completion of training is a prerequisite for attending guide dog school.

We are grateful to sponsors PetSmart, Shops at Midtown Miami, The Standard Chartered Private Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Turner & Associates LLP, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, artist Romero Britto, Susan Conroy Design, PCA Printing, Banfield Pet Hospital, Starbucks, OXXO, Humana, Mac Parking, Azul Optics and New York Life.

2010 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk Photo Gallery

Photos by Robert Jacko

2009 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

On March 15th, many dog lovers and friends of Miami Lighthouse gathered at The Shops at Midtown Miami to take part in the Second Annual Dog Walk, a walk dedicated to raising awareness for guide dogs and service animals of all kinds. The Honorary Chairs of this year’s walk were Dennis C. Moss, Chairman, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, and Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade County Commissioner.

Walkers had the chance to interact with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dogs, Junior League Therapy Dogs, and of course several guide dogs, including Miami Lighthouse President & CEO Virginia Jacko’s guide dog, Gibney. Young philanthropists Samantha and Jacob Narson won the award for most pledges collected, raising more than $1,000 to benefit the free programs and services provided to clients at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

This year’s walk was generously sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami-Dade Chairman Dennis C. Moss & Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, PetSmart, The Standard Chartered Private Bank, Turner & Associates, Susan Conroy Design, Jay M. Levy, P.A., Mercury Express Couriers, Rugsies, MAC Parking and many others. Click here to view photos from this year’s event.

Miami Lighthouse President & CEO, Virginia Jacko with Honorary Event Chairs & Sponsors, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman & Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Raising more than $1,000 in pledges, Samantha Narson receives an award from Virgina Jacko & Board Member Carol Russo

2009 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk Photo Gallery

Photos by Robert Jacko

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
     
     

2008 Miami Lighthouse Hosts First Annual “Dog A Thon”

On March 30th, friends gathered at the new Shops at Midtown Miami to take part in the first annual Dog A Thon benefiting Miami Lighthouse. Event sponsors included PetSmart, Ameriprise Financial, The Shops at Midtown Miami, Romero Britto, Dunkin Donuts, and Multivision Video & Film.

 

 

 
 



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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 nine 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 Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

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 was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

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 a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal 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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