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90th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 7 p.m.
The Historic Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
For more information please call Cameron Sisser at 786-362-7515

Miami's most influential philanthropists, business and civic leaders will turn out to celebrate on Saturday, January 25, 2020, when Miami Lighthouse marks the historic milestone of 90 years of service to the blind and visually impaired. The celebratory gala, presented by Northern Trust, will be cast in the dreamlike setting of Coral Gables’s historic Biltmore Hotel and is a black-tie affair.

The evening’s festivities commence at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and dancing, with entertainment performed by nationally recognized Miami Lighthouse musicians. It will be a night for making unforgettable memories as the evening concludes with celebratory fireworks sponsored by Walter and Terri Shikany and SFM Services, Inc.

Individual tickets are $700 and a limited number of tables of ten are still available. To view a list of sponsorship opportunities, please click here. To purchase tickets or a table, please visit our donate now page and indicate in the description your purchase click here.

Gala Host Committee

  • Karla and Scott Richey, Co-Chairs
  • Terri and Walter Shikany, Co-Chairs
  • Luisa and George Foyo
  • Janet and Louis Nostro
  • Olga and Charles Nielson
  • Sheila Freed
  • Angela Whitman
  • Pam Garrison
  • Lourdes and Tim Collett
  • Linda Corey
  • Ana Maria and Ernesto De La Fe
  • Jacquelyn Munilla
  • Claudia and Juan De Ledebur
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"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful work that you do with my son Erick. May God bless him."
- Greila

"Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has changed the lives of my family and our daughter. Without your support and constant encouragement, raising an infant who is visually impaired would be overwhelming, scary and clouded with sadness. Instead, our family feels privileged to be able to be a part of this incredible organization, thanks to our daughter. She is currently enrolled at the school and has participated in the infant programs - the effort and individual attention you provide to the families and students goes beyond an individual job description and salary - the drive comes solely from their passion to service those who are often overlooked in our society. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication."
- Lisa Jess



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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


Florida Blue Foundation

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.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 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.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

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

The Children's Trust

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.


The Beacon Council

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

Miami Today

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

Marlins Charity Partner

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 New Times - Best of Miami 2017

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


United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare�s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


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