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  • Issue 44 December 2017

    • Thanks to our generous Give Miami Day donors
    • Miami-Dade County School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas Honors CEO and President Virginia Jacko
    • McDonald's welcomes blind teenagers
    • Nova Southeastern University's College of Business & Entrepreneurship visits Miami Lighthouse
  • Issue 42 October 2017

    • How Miami's Blind Handled Hurricane Irma
    • Able Trust recognizes Miami Lighthouse leadership
    • Miami-Dade Beacon Council visits Miami Lighthouse
  • Issue 41 September 2017

    • Our new Lighthouse Learning Center for Children is open and singing!
    • Miami Lighthouse Band to perform at Arts Launch 2017
    • OrCam to host a Demo Day at Miami Lighthouse on September 18th
    • Don't Miss Out on Our Third Annual Chicken Wing Eating Championship!
  • Issue 40 August 2017

    • It's Grand Opening Time!
    • Blind Teenager's Learn the 'Art of Shaving'
    • Exciting New Technology for the Visually Impaired!
  • Issue 39 July 2017

    • Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami Charity 2017" by Miami New Times
    • Congratulations to our Pre-K Graduates, Class of 2017!
    • Daddies of Pre-K Kids Get Early Father's Day Gift
    • HeroBoys Reinforce Positive Values to Children's Summer Camp Students
    • Aventura North Miami Beach Lions Club Presents Scholarship to Miami Lighthouse Students
  • Issue 38 June 2017

    • Pardon Us for Being Proud!
    • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program 25th Anniversary Celebration Includes Announcement by Major League Baseball
  • Issue 37 May 2017

    • Aptos Volunteer Day!
    • Sounds delicious! "Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Brickell City Centre" scheduled for May 24th
    • Baseball goes to bat for our Florida Heiken Children's Program
    • "Topping Off" ceremony for Lighthouse Learning Center was the tops!
    • COMPONENT Event to Benefit Miami Lighthouse
  • Issue 36 April 2017

    • Stakeholders Deserve to Know
    • April 7th is "Topping Off" time!
    • UM's Delta Gamma Sorority continues their philanthropic mission
  • Issue 35 March 2017

    • NBC Nightly News features our new pre-kindergarten
    • Tradition! Tradition! Time to honor our volunteers
    • UM's Delta Gamma Sorority continues their philanthropic mission
    • Miami Lighthouse receives ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator!
    • Join Miami Lighthouse at Pause for a Cause
  • Issue 34 February 2017

    • Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary at the Historic Biltmore Hotel
    • Mayor Regalado Visits Miami Lighthouse to Deliver Toys
    • Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Recognizes Miami Lighthouse
    • In the Tradition of Louis Braille
  • Issue 33 December 2016

    • The meaning of "inclusion" from a grateful parent
    • Celebrating 85 years of excellence
    • Meet Jorge Hernandez
    • Lions Host Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Issue 32 November 2016

    • Matching Challenge announced at the "See the Light Luncheon," celebrating 85 years of service
    • Happy Halloween!
    • Innovative Pre-K program well underway at Miami Lighthouse
    • White Cane Day celebration was a community awakening
  • Issue 31 October 2016

    • Marlins Ayudan Demonstrate the Spirit of the Miami Marlins
    • Miami Herald Prints Important Op Ed Column Titled "Give Visually Impaired Better Internet Access"
    • Bascom Palmer holds 9th Annual Reception at Miami Lighthouse
    • Join Billy The Marlin on White Cane Day!
    • Annual See the Light Luncheon at Riviera Country Club
    • 2nd Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest Raises Funds for Miami Lighthouse Music Program
  • Issue 30 September 2016

    • Miami Lighthouse Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named 2016 Program of the Year by The Children’s Trust
    • Breaking Ground on our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children
    • University of Miami President Visits Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
    • Miami-Dade Elections Department Presents “Be Election Ready” Session at Miami Lighthouse
    • CEO Jacko is a Guest Speaker at Rotary Club “100 Year Celebration”
    • Edward A. Spence: Job Readiness Program Success Story
    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse Present the 2nd Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest!
  • Issue 29 August 2016

    • Feel the excitement!
    • We’re celebrating with the Division of Blind Services!
    • The Road to Rio: Paralympian Natalie Bieule Visits Miami Lighthouse
    • EXILE Books, HistoryMiami Museum, and Miami Lighthouse Work Together
    • Meet Krizia Perez, Manager of the Blind Babies & Children’s Program
  • Issue 28 July 2016

    • Exciting news about our new Learning Center for Children!
    • Miami Lions Continue Their Tradition as Founders
    • Miami Marlins Host “Touch Tour”
    • FAASB Holds Annual Meeting at Miami Lighthouse
    • Meet Our Vision Solutions Center Team
  • Issue 27 June 2016

    • Music Under The Stars… A fabulous evening!
    • Status report on the Lighthouse Learning Center
    • Summertime is STAR Program time at Miami Lighthouse!
    • Meet Rob Saunders, new Manager of the Better Chance Music Program
    • Congratulations to our President & CEO Virginia Jacko on being recognized as one of South Florida Business Journal’s Women of Influence!
  • Issue 26 May 2016

    • Listen to Guest Performance of Hall & Oates’ Top 100 Hits
    • Congresswoman IIeana Ros-Lehtinen comes to Miami Lighthouse to meet Eva
    • Miami Lighthouse awarded CDBG Childcare Services Program Grant
    • UM’s Delta Gamma has a history with Miami Lighthouse
    • Miami Lighthouse Wins Silver Medal at Miami Today’s Awards Ceremony
    • Meet Jessica Alessio, Visual Rehabilitation Therapist
    • You're invited…
  • Issue 25 April 2016

    • “Music Under The Stars” moves to exciting new venue!
    • Meet Eva and her trainer, Dave Hagemann
    • And speaking of dogs…
    • Transition students joined the workforce at this year’s Youth Fair
    • Ronald McDonald drops by!
    • You're Invited…
  • Issue 24 March 2016

    • Introducing the Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children
    • Tickets now on sale for the Yappy Hour!
    • It was Beep Baseball Classic time at Marlins Park!
    • McCrea Valentine Luncheon was “thank you time” for our faithful volunteers
    • Spanish-language radio listeners learn about the benefits of Miami Lighthouse Programs
    • Join us for a night of comedy to benefit Miami Lighthouse!
  • Issue 23 February 2016

    • February is Low Vision Awareness Month
    • Students Learn about How People Cope with Vision Loss & Decide to Give Back
    • Let’s Talk About Website Accessibility
    • Light Line Editor Wins Alliance for Aging “Positive Living Award”
    • Join Us On February 8th at the McDonald’s in Little Havana
  • Issue 22 January 2016

    • Miami Lighthouse welcomes 2016. Make it a happy and healthy one!
    • Florida Blue Foundation Selects Miami lighthouse For The Blind To Bring Low Vision Services To Underserved Seniors Affected By Age-Related Eye Disease
    • Miami Herald’s Wish Book
    • Collaborating with Academe
  • Issue 21 December 2015

    • It’s time to be thankful…
    • Miami Lighthouse instructors collaborate with Comcast in launching the Talking Guide Spanish Version
  • Issue 20 November 2015

    • Eighth consecutive 4-star rating announced November 1
    • “See the Light Luncheon” set to launch 85th Anniversary Celebration
    • Miami Lighthouse: Leading the way in Adult Education and Job Training.
    • Guidepost for Success: Miami Lighthouse’s High School High Tech Program
  • Issue 19 October 2015

    • Meet Paulin Winick, Miami Lighthouse’s new Job Coach.
    • Grab your sneakers and join us for Nation White Cane Day!
    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse host Miami Lighthouse Chicken Championship
    • Miami Lighthouse Collaborates with Local School
  • Issue 18 September 2015

    • A conversation with “bionic eye” recipient, Carmen Torres
    • 2016 is almost here! Our 85th Anniversary is just a few months away
    • Eighth Annual Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception at Miami Lighthouse, August 26, 2015
  • Issue 17 August 2015

    • Batter Up! Music students get a “touch” tour of Miami Marlins Park
    • It’s summer and that means the kids are keeping busy at Miami Lighthouse!
    • Our Heiken Children’s Vision Program is featured in Florida Blue Newsletter
    • Mayor Regalado receives a Braille thank you note
  • Issue 16 July 2015

    • Spotlight on Young Professionals at Legislative Luncheon
    • We’re growing a “Garden of the Five Senses.”
    • Profile of the Month Introducing Senior Case Manager Corina Hernandez and Case Manager Yuni Miguez
  • Issue 15 June 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse honored at Florida Blue Sapphire Awards Luncheon!
    • June’s here and the excitement is growing!
    • “Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” is a major success.
    • There’s a “revolution” going on at our Vision Solutions Center
  • Issue 14 May 2015

    • It’s “Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” time at Miami Lighthouse
    • Florida Blue Names Miami Lighthouse Winner of a 2015 Sapphire Award!
    • Publix Chooses Miami Lighthouse for “Day of Service”
  • Issue 12 March 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse Among Top 2% of Nonprofits in the Nation
    • McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Lunch Enjoys a Delicious Surprise!
    • Walk, Waggle & Stroll! It’s Dog Walk Time on Sunday, March 15th
    • Comcast brings Voice Guided Television to the Miami Lighthouse
    • Engaging the Low Vision Community through Education, Research, and Service
    • City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine visits Miami Lighthouse
    • Miami Lighthouse Students Join Miami Marlins for Beep Baseball at Marlins Park
  • Issue 11 February 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse is Collaborating with Bascom Palmer on Retinal Prosthesis System
    • NAC Holds Semi-annual Meeting at Miami Lighthouse
    • iPhone Technology Making a Major Difference for the Blind & Visually Impaired
    • Our Teens Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a Unique Manner
    • Miami Lighthouse Elects New Board Chair
  • Issue 9 December 2014

    • “See The Light” Luncheon Honors Miami Lighthouse Supporters
    • Mid-year Stakeholders Report Offers Exciting News
    • Upcoming Event
  • Issue 8 November 2014

    • Celebration Marks Opening of Educational Empowerment Center
    • More than 200 Walkers Attend “White Cane Day”
    • “See the Light Luncheon” Scheduled for Nov. 20th at Riviera Country Club
    • Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Gamma Holding “Anchor Splash 2014” on November 2nd & 3rd
    • Profile Of The Month Meet Krizia Perez, Social Worker for the Children’s Program
  • Issue 7 October 2014

    • Our “Low Vision Solutions Center” Takes Center Stage
    • Dedication of Educational Empowerment Center Set for Oct. 7th
    • Come Walk With Us on “White Cane Day”!
    • Profile Of The Month Meet John Garcia, LDO, Manager, Low Vision Solutions Center
  • Issue 5 August 2014

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse (YPOL) Host Legislative Luncheon
    • Lighthouse’s Teenage Campers Play Beep Ball with Miami Marlins Interns
    • Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Awards Important New Grants to Miami Lighthouse
    • Profile Of The Month Meet Joe Greene - Manager of Education Services
  • Issue 4 July 2014

    • Listen Up! That's Your "Pill Reminder" Talking to You
    • Summer Camp Offers "Gift of Independence”
    • Profile Of The Month Meet Raquel Van Der Biest, OTR/L & CLVT
  • Issue 3 June 2014

    • Look Up! Our New 4th Floor is Nearing Completion.
    • Feel the Heat: It’s Summer Camp Time at Miami Lighthouse
    • Congratulations Natalia Sulca!
    • Profile of the Month Meet Jeff Rabalais, Facilities & Transportation Manager
    • High-end Auction Item Available
  • Issue 2 May 2014

    • We Keep Growing!
    • Truly A Night to Remember!
    • Transition Program Teens Test New App for iTunes
    • Profile Of The Month Meet Emily Nostro, Transition Program Specialist
  • Issue 1 March 2014

    • Report to Stakeholders
    • Save the date! Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Join us for Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami
    • Tail-Wagging Success: Our 7th Annual "Walk, Waggle & Stroll”
    • Profile Of The Month Meet Nelba Gonzalez, SGA Program Coordinator




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STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12

  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
    - Madisleny, age 11

  • We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
    I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
    - Taknighis, age 12










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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