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2017 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Brickell City Centre

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND TENTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN'S VISION PROGRAM

May 24th was the date of our 2017 Music Under the Stars event benefiting our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program. The occasion marked the 25th anniversary of the program and the 10th anniversary of its merger with Miami Lighthouse. Held at the new Brickell City Centre Mall, nearly 200 attendees were welcomed by Mistress of Ceremonies Emmy-winning Journalist Maity Interiano. Guests enjoyed musical performances by Miami Lighthouse musicians and vocalists. This year, in addition to our traditional silent auction featuring exciting get-away packages, restaurant gift certificates, and much more, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a raffle made possible by Board Director Angela Whitman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Proclamations from the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation and Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognized our Heiken Program's 25 years of eye care for needy schoolchildren.

  Representatives Jose Felix Diaz and David Richardson present President & CEO Virginia Jacko with proclamation
 

Representatives Jose Felix Diaz and David Richardson present
President & CEO Virginia Jacko with proclamation.

On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins, Claude Delorme Executive Vice President, Operations and Events for the Miami Marlins, announced that our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has been chosen as an All-Star Game Legacy Project of Major League Baseball. Legacy funding will go toward a new mobile optometric unit that will be unveiled during the Miami All-Star Game in July.

  Claude Delorme and Miami Lighthouse Board Chair Louis Nostro make new artwork design of mobile optometric unit public
 

Claude Delorme and Miami Lighthouse Board Chair Louis Nostro
make new artwork design of mobile optometric unit public.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 was designated Dr. Sidney Stern Day in a proclamation by Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Chairman Esteban Bovo, Jr. and the Members of the Board of County Commissioners. Dr. Stern was honored for his long-term commitment to providing eye care and glasses to underserved children in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Stern was instrumental in the creation of the Heiken program in 1992 during his term as President of the Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association. Since the merger with Miami Lighthouse, Dr. Stern has provided nearly 56,000 pairs of prescription for needy schoolchildren.

  Representing Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mary Juncadella-Ferreiro and Bonnie Michaels present Dr. Sidney Stern proclamation
 

Representing Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mary Juncadella-Ferreiro and
Bonnie Michaels present Dr. Sidney Stern proclamation.

We express our thanks to Brickell City Centre for allowing us to hold our event in their new exciting venue and to our sponsors: ABB Optical Group, Publix Super Markets Charities, Marlins Foundation, Essilor Laboratories of America, H. Angela Whitman Foundation, Donna Abood Principal Managing Director Avison Young, GrayRobinson, Genesis Systems Consulting and BB&T Bank. In-kind sponsors were Susan Conroy Design, Monster Sound Productions, Saks Fifth Avenue, Starbucks Coffee, Zyr Vodka and East Hotel.

  Music Under the Stars Sponsors: Susan Conroy, Sarah Garcia with Marlins Foundation, Michael Jimenez with Genesis Systems Consulting, Miami Lighthouse Board Director Donna Abood with Avison Young, Miami Lighthouse Board Director Angela Whitman and Marcos Freire with Brickell City Centre
 

Music Under the Stars Sponsors: Susan Conroy, Sarah Garcia with Marlins Foundation,
Michael Jimenez with Genesis Systems Consulting, Miami Lighthouse Board Director Donna Abood with
Avison Young, Miami Lighthouse Board Director Angela Whitman and Marcos Freire with Brickell City Centre.

   

2016 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND NINTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN'S VISION PROGRAM

The rains came, and the stars were nowhere to be seen, but the music was marvelous and the evening a major success with over 100 guests getting their first glimpse of the fascinating Koubek Center. The historic building created a very special aura for this year's annual affair with its wonderful music by Charles "Mr. Casual" DeChant of Hall and Oates and the super talented Better Chance Music Program musicians. Emceed by radio icon Jade Alexander of 102.7 The Beach, the evening honored the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation as well as the optometric community's continuing leadership of our Heiken Program with special recognition of our two Board Directors Dr. Alan P. Levitt and Dr. Stephen A. Morris.

  Miami Lighthouse Band performs with Charles “Mr. Casual” DeChant of Hall and Oates
 

Miami Lighthouse Band performs with Charles "Mr. Casual" DeChant of Hall and Oates.

The event raised over $55,000 which will enable our Heiken Children's Vision Program to provide over 550 free comprehensive eye examinations and glasses when prescribed for low income-school children who have no resources for eye care.

  Jose Diaz of Robert M. Levy and Associates accepts tribute painting in memory of Bob Levy. Left to Right: Emcee Jade Alexander, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CEO Virginia Jacko, Florida State Senator Anitere Flores, Jose Diaz and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman
 

Jose Diaz of Robert M. Levy and Associates accepts tribute painting in memory of Bob Levy.
Left to Right: Emcee Jade Alexander, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Florida State Senator Anitere Flores, Jose Diaz and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman

We express our gratitude to the event sponsors including ABB Optical Group, Ophelia & Juan Roca, Publix Super Markets Charities, Baptist Health South Florida, JM Private Insurance, Signet Armorlite, Genesis Consulting, Gray Robinson, Aetna, and Essilor Laboratories of America among others.

2015 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND EIGHT ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

May 6th was truly a night to remember with guests ending the evening by giving a standing ovation to our Miami Lighthouse Big Band Jazz, special guest internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Nicole Henry and Miami Lighthouse former client and now professional singer, Natalia Sulca. The exciting evening of great food, delicious wines, super music and live and silent auctions was all to benefit our very important Heiken Children’s Vision Program that provides free comprehensive eye exams and glasses to low-income schoolchildren.

This year’s event was emceed by G. Eric Knowles, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the ABB Optical Group, Publix Super Markets Charities, Baptist Health South Florida, Brown & Brown Insurance, Marlins Foundation, Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, Genesis Consulting, Gray Robinson, Aetna, Essilor Laboratories, Perry Ellis International, Monster Sound Productions, Brickell Magazine, Bob’s Barricades and Brazilian Grill Party Rentals. Delicious food was provided by A. Thierry’s Catering, City Hall The Restaurant, Whisk, Perricone’s Marketplace, Shorty’s BBQ, Dr. Barry Burak and Gail Beckham. Wine and beverages were provided by El Carajo, Samuel Adams, The McCallan and Starbucks.

  Eric Knowles, Dr. David K. Moore, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Virginia Jacko and Chair Ray Casas
 

Eric Knowles, Dr. David K. Moore, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Virginia Jacko and Chair Ray Casas.

   
  Eric Knowles, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Senator Gwen Margolis, Virginia Jacko and Chair Ray Casas
 

Eric Knowles, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Senator Gwen Margolis, Virginia Jacko and Chair Ray Casas.

   

2014 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND SEVENTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

More than 200 guests gathered for “Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” on Wednesday, April 30th. School officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community to celebrate over 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 80,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care.

Guests dined on delicacies from OTC Restaurant, Whisk, City Hall The Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace, Chocolate Fashion, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo International Tapas & Wine and more, while enjoying drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Rex Goliath Wine. The night also featured a wonderful silent auction, which included fabulous getaway trips, certificates for fine dining, jewelry and exclusive art.

Special recognition was given to the Marlins Foundation and Marlins Ayudan, three generations of Harrison Family board leadership including participation in the founding of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute by Miami Lighthouse, and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. The event was emceed by Nicole Maristany Krauss, Media and Communications Manager at Publix Super Markets, Inc. Guests also enjoyed a special appearance by Latin Grammy award winner Paul Hoyle, backed up by musicians from the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™.

Dr. Eduardo Alfonso, Board Director Peter Harrison (Honoree), CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr., Board Director Louis Nostro   Board Director Ray Casas, David Samson (Honoree), CEO Virginia Jacko

Dr. Eduardo Alfonso, Board Director Peter Harrison (Honoree),
CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.,
Board Director Louis Nostro

 

Board Director Ray Casas, David Samson (Honoree), CEO Virginia Jacko

     
Board Director Dr. Stephen A. Morris, Dr. David S. Loshin (Honoree), Board Director Deborah Montilla   Joan Spector, Paul Hoyle, Susan Conroy, Sheila Goodman

Board Director Dr. Stephen A. Morris, Dr. David S. Loshin (Honoree),
Board Director Deborah Montilla

 

Joan Spector, Paul Hoyle, Susan Conroy, Sheila Goodman

     

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor ABB Optical Group, Perfect Sight Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities, Baptist Health South Florida and Brown & Brown Insurance, Clear Vision Sponsors BB&T and Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Healthy Eyes Sponsors GrayRobinson, Williamson Automotive, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, VSP Optics Group and Signet Armorlite. Thanks to Perry Ellis International for providing custom made guayaberas that our musicians wore throughout the night.

Mary Ferreiro of the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.   Marsha Tejeda of Baptist Health South Florida, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

Mary Ferreiro of the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

 

Marsha Tejeda of Baptist Health South Florida, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

     
Board Director Steven J. Solomon, Esq. of GrayRobinson, P.A., CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.   Marta Armas of BB&T, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

Board Director Steven J. Solomon, Esq. of GrayRobinson, P.A.,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

 

Marta Armas of BB&T, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr.

     
  Maria Perez of Essilor Laboratories, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr., Glenn Batteiger of Transitions Optical
 

Maria Perez of Essilor Laboratories, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Board Chairman Agustin Arellano, Jr., Glenn Batteiger of Transitions Optical

Restaurant sponsors included City Hall Restaurant, OTC Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo International Tapas & Wine, Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, GB Catering, Nestle Coffee-mate and Dr. Barry Burak Crepe Maker.

OTC Restaurant   City Hall the Restaurant

OTC Restaurant

 

City Hall the Restaurant

     
El Carajo International Tapas and Wine   Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering

El Carajo International Tapas and Wine

 

Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering

     
Shorty’s Bar-B-Q   Chocolate Fashion

Shorty’s Bar-B-Q

 

Chocolate Fashion

     
Rex Goliath   Nestle Coffee-mate

Rex Goliath

 

Nestle Coffee-mate

     

2013 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND SIXTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

On May 22nd legislators, school officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community to celebrate over 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 75,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care.

Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami attendees enjoyed musical performances by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ students, instructors and special guests, food from great Miami area restaurants, beverages by Miami Club Rum and El Carajo International Tapas & Wine and a silent auction which offered fabulous getaway trips, jewelry and exclusive art. Thanks to Perry Ellis International the Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians wore custom made guayaberas in the musically themed venues throughout Miami Lighthouse.

  Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr., State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, CEO Virginia Jacko and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
 

Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr., State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle,
CEO Virginia Jacko and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami attendees enjoyed musical performances by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ students, instructors and special guests, food from great Miami area restaurants, beverages by Miami Club Rum and El Carajo International Tapas & Wine and a silent auction which offered fabulous getaway trips, jewelry and exclusive art. Thanks to Perry Ellis International the Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians wore custom made guayaberas in the musically themed venues throughout Miami Lighthouse.

Bob Levy (Honoree), Jessica Berrin, Marsha Tejeda and Christie Grays   Ava Goldman (Honoree), Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Board Director Deborah Montilla

Bob Levy (Honoree), Jessica Berrin, Marsha Tejeda and Christie Grays

 

Ava Goldman (Honoree), Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and
Board Director Deborah Montilla

     
CEO Virginia Jacko and Emcee David Bernard   CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Agustin Arellano Jr., and Alexandra Dominguez aide to State Representative Jose Felix Diaz

CEO Virginia Jacko and Emcee David Bernard

 

CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Agustin Arellano Jr., and
Alexandra Dominguez aide to State Representative Jose Felix Diaz

     
Marlene Quintana, Judge Migna Sanchez-Attorney Llorens, Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Board Director Shirley Press, M.D.   Board Director Bill Beckham and State Senator Gwen Margolis

Photo courtesy of Marcelo Salup
Marlene Quintana, Judge Migna Sanchez-Attorney Llorens,
Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Board Director Shirley Press, M.D.

 

Board Director Bill Beckham and
State Senator Gwen Margolis

     
Dr. Craig McKeown, CEO Virginia Jacko and Board Director Dr. Sander Debovy   Emily Nostro with Jeannett and Don Slesnick

Dr. Craig McKeown, CEO Virginia Jacko and
Board Director Dr. Sander Debovy

 

Emily Nostro with Jeannett and Don Slesnick

     
Joe Carollo, Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and Clemente Canabal   Marcel Salup Board Director Donna Blaustein, Board Director Deborah Montilla, Board Director Shirley Press, M.D., CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Alan Levitt OD., and Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Esq.

Joe Carollo, Doral Councilwoman,
Ana Maria Rodriguez and Clemente Canabal

 

Photo courtesy of Marcelo Salup
Salup Board Director Donna Blaustein, Board Director Deborah Montilla,
Board Director Shirley Press, M.D.,  CEO Virginia Jacko,
Board Director Alan Levitt OD., and Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Esq.

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor DLA Piper, Perry Ellis International, Florida Power & Light, Publix Super Markets Charities, Northern Trust Bank, Baptist Health South Florida, Commissioner Sally Heyman, GrayRobinson, Williamson Cadillac, Montica Jewelry, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, VSP Optics Group and Mobile Specialty Vehicles. Restaurant sponsors included City Hall Restaurant, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, West Kendall Baptist Hospital Catering, GB Catering and Dr. Barry Burak Crepe Maker.

  Sponsors: Maria Jarquin (Montica Jewelry), Gloria Camera (Perry Ellis), Maria Perez (Essilor USA), Board Director Michael Silva (DLA Piper), Mary Juncadella-Ferreiro (Commissioner Sally Heyman), Christie Grays (Baptist Health) and Board Director Steven Solomon (GrayRobinson)
 

Sponsors: Maria Jarquin (Montica Jewelry), Gloria Camera (Perry Ellis), Maria Perez (Essilor USA),
Board Director Michael Silva (DLA Piper), Mary Juncadella-Ferreiro (Commissioner Sally Heyman),
Christie Grays (Baptist Health) and Board Director Steven Solomon (GrayRobinson).

   
Cameron Sisser, Bayley Davis (Shorty’s BBQ), Steve Haas (City Hall), Matt Malone (Miami Club Rum)   Carlos and Rick Fonseca from El Carajo International Tapas & Wine

Cameron Sisser, Bayley Davis (Shorty’s BBQ),
Steve Haas (City Hall), Matt Malone (Miami Club Rum)

 

Photo courtesy of Marcelo Salup
Carlos and Rick Fonseca from El Carajo International Tapas & Wine

     
  Miami Lighthouse Musicians Harold Cobo, Oman Pedreira and Gerardo Ubieda
 

Photo Courtesy of South Florida Luxury Magazine
Miami Lighthouse Musicians Harold Cobo, Oman Pedreira and Gerardo Ubieda.

   
   

2012 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

JOSÉ FELICIANO GUEST PERFORMANCE BENEFITS
HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

Legislators, school officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community April 20th to celebrate 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 65,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care; 75% of these children required prescription glasses and received them at no cost to their family because of the nationally-recognized Miami Lighthouse for the Blind division, Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, LLC.

The event was emceed by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and began with M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho reading a letter from President Obama recognizing the program on 20 years of service. Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich were honored as they complete their service in the Florida legislature. State Senator Gwen Margolis read a resolution she introduced during the 2012 legislative session.

  Presenting Sponsor Angel Alvarez, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Ray Casas, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Lisa Pisciotta
 

Presenting Sponsor Angel Alvarez, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Ray Casas,
Commissioner Sally Heyman, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Lisa Pisciotta.

Board Chairman Michael A. Silva, Esq. presented guest musician José Feliciano with an honorary Board of Directors certificate. Alongside José Feliciano, the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians entertained guests with a wonderful performance and debuted their latest album “The Big Band Classics and More."

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen presents Senator Nan Rich with Woman of Valor Award   Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera accepts award

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen presents
Senator Nan Rich with Woman of Valor Award

 

Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera accepts award
 

     
Senator Gwen Margolis, Mayor of Pinecrest Cindy Lerner, Board Director Gloria Martin and Senator Nan Rich   Honorary Director Shelley Rutherford, Eugenia Beckwith McCrea, Nancy Jean Davis, Jose Feliciano and CEO Virginia Jacko

Senator Gwen Margolis, Mayor of Pinecrest Cindy Lerner,
Board Director Gloria Martin and Senator Nan Rich

 

Honorary Director Shelley Rutherford, Eugenia Beckwith McCrea,
Nancy Jean Davis, Jose Feliciano and CEO Virginia Jacko

     
R. Kirk Landon and Board Director Pamela Garrison   Board Director Bill Roy, Honorary Director Susan Kelley and Dr. Joel Grossman

R. Kirk Landon and Board Director Pamela Garrison
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick

 

Board Director Bill Roy, Honorary Director Susan Kelley and
Dr. Joel Grossman

     
Natalie De Maar, Board Director Donna Blaustein, CEO Virginia Jacko and Dr. Arnold Blaustein   Miss Miami Teen USA Yari Marie Truffin

Natalie De Maar, Board Director Donna Blaustein,
CEO Virginia Jacko and Dr. Arnold Blaustein

 

Miss Miami Teen USA Yari Marie Truffin
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor contact lens distributor and manufacturer ABB Concise and other sponsors included Florida Power and Light, Baptist Health South Florida, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Media Stage.

  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Manny Rodriguez, Wilson Alers, Brandy Wheeler, Glenn Batteiger, Maria E. Perez, Evelyn Rodriguez and Commissioner Sally Heyman.
 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Manny Rodriguez, Wilson Alers, Brandy Wheeler,
Glenn Batteiger, Maria E. Perez, Evelyn Rodriguez and Commissioner Sally Heyman. .

Beverages were provided by Bacardi USA and food was provided by local restaurants which included Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Gibraltar at The Grove Isle Hotel and Spa, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, Berries in the Grove, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, and Tamarind Thai Restaurant.
 

Bacardi   The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Bacardi

 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

     
Gibraltar at The Grove Isle Hotel and Spa   Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gibraltar at The Grove Isle Hotel and Spa

 

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

     
Shorty’s Bar-B-Q   Berries in the Grove

Shorty’s Bar-B-Q

 

Berries in the Grove

     
Tamarind Thai Restaurant   Chocolate Fashion

Tamarind Thai Restaurant
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick

 

Chocolate Fashion
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick Zirulnick

     
     

2011 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its fourth annual “Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” on April 27th to benefit its Heiken Children’s Vision Program. “Over 400 needy children in Miami-Dade County Schools, who without this program do not have the resources to get an eye exam and glasses when prescribed, will receive a comprehensive eye examination and necessary eyeglasses underwritten by the proceeds from this event. Without this intervention, they would continue to struggle in school to see the board and read their assignment,” said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. This past year 6,500 low-income schoolchildren who failed their state-mandated vision screening received a free eye examination, and 75% of them required prescription glasses, which were also provided at no cost.

Over 200 community eye care providers, other professionals and philanthropists attended the elegant, tuneful evening featuring live jazz and pop by the talented Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians. Special recognition was given to Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools Alberto Carvalho and Dr. Lillian Rivera of the Florida Department of Health for their collaboration with the Heiken Program and to the foundations and individuals that support the program. Lynn Martinez, Anchor WSVN-7 News, was the evening’s emcee. The event included delicious samplings from Miami area restaurants and a wonderful silent auction.

CEO Virginia Jacko, Wendell R. Beard, and Phillis Oeters of Baptist Health South Florida, Music Under the Stars Platinum Sponsor   Chairman of the Board Michael Silva, Raquel A. Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, MDCPS Board Member Carlos Curbelo and CEO Virginia Jacko

CEO Virginia Jacko, Wendell R. Beard, and
Phillis Oeters of Baptist Health South Florida,
Music Under the Stars Platinum Sponsor

 

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva, Raquel A. Regalado,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho,
MDCPS Board Member Carlos Curbelo and CEO Virginia Jacko

     
R. Kirkwood Landon, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director Pamela J. Garrison   Harriet Carter representing Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mistress of Ceremonies Lynn Martinez, and CEO Virginia Jacko

R. Kirkwood Landon, CEO Virginia Jacko, and
Board Director Pamela J. Garrison

 

Harriet Carter representing Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
Mistress of Ceremonies Lynn Martinez, and CEO Virginia Jacko

     
Alberto M. Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko, and R. Andrew Wiles   Maria Izquierdo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Public Schools District Director Deborah A. Montilla

Alberto M. Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko, and
R. Andrew Wiles
 

 

Maria Izquierdo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, CEO Virginia Jacko and
Miami-Dade County Public Schools District Director Deborah A. Montilla

     
Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Immediate Past Chairman Owen Freed   CEO Virginia Jacko and Kim Greene

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and
Immediate Past Chairman Owen Freed

 

CEO Virginia Jacko and Kim Greene
 

     
Standard Chartered Private Bank group with (center) Board Director John H.B. Harriman, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Beatriz Harriman   R. Andrew Wiles, Emilio Balius and Kenneth T. Wals

Standard Chartered Private Bank group with (center)
Board Director John H.B. Harriman,
CEO Virginia Jacko, and Beatriz Harriman

 

R. Andrew Wiles, Emilio Balius and Kenneth T. Wals

 

     
CEO Virginia Jacko and Countess Chapman-Balogun   Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Board Director Agustin Arellano, Jr.

CEO Virginia Jacko and Countess Chapman-Balogun

 

Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Board Director Agustin Arellano, Jr.

Also recognized at the 2011 “Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” were corporate sponsors Baptist Health South Florida, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, SMF Energy Corporation, Essilor of America, Low VisionAids Inc., Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services, GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law, Verdeja & De Armas Certified Public Accountants, VSP Labs, DadePaper, and Kodak Lens by Signet Armorlite along with food and beverage sponsors Gibraltar, Casa Juancho, Perricone’s Marketplace, Starbucks Coffee, El Carajo, Chocolate Fashion, Grazie Italian Cuisine, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Gulf Discount Liquors & Wine Merchants, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, CA Catering, Costco, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Crepe Station courtesy of Dr. Barry Burak and Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc.

Gibraltar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa   CA Catering

Gibraltar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa

 

CA Catering

     
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant   Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

 

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

     
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar   El Carajo International Tapas & Wine

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

 

El Carajo International Tapas & Wine

     
Grazie Italian Cuisine   Casa Juancho

Grazie Italian Cuisine

 

Casa Juancho

     
Shorty’s Bar-B-Q   Perricone’s Marketplace & Café

Shorty’s Bar-B-Q

 

Perricone’s Marketplace & Café

     
Costco Wholesale   Silent auction items

Costco Wholesale

 

Silent auction items

     
     

2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

Our third annual fundraiser in support of the Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children’s Vision program Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami took place on Wednesday evening, April 28.

We extend appreciation to our generous sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLP, SMF Energy Corporation, Essilor of America, Essilor Laboratories of America, Brown and Brown Insurance, Transitions Optical, Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services, New Image Productions, Magnifying Center, and Florida Reading & Vision Technology.

We also thank our participating restaurants and beverage providers Gulf Spirits & Wine Merchants, Gordon Biersch, Casa Larios, Zucchero Ristorante Bistro, C.A. & Company Catering, Starbucks, Chocolate Fashion, Archie’s Gourmet, and crepe station courtesy of Dr. Barry Burak.

Click here for pictures from the 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami.

  Steve Marcus, Pres. & CEO, Health Foundation of S. Florida, Mrs. Ruth Marcus, Virginia Jacko, Pres. & CEO, and William Roy, Past Chairman  
 

Steve Marcus, President & CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida, Mrs. Ruth Marcus, Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, and William Roy, Past Chairman.

 
     
  Deborah A. Montilla, Dis. Dir. Division of Student Services, M-D County Schools receives award from Dr. Alan Levitt, Heiken Committee Member  
 

Deborah A. Montilla, District Director Division of Student Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools receives award from Dr. Alan Levitt, Heiken Committee Member.

 
     
  Guests Dan and Trish Bell, Board Director Pamela Garrison, and  Kirk Landon  
 

Guests Dan and Trish Bell, Board Director Pamela Garrison, and Kirk Landon.

 
     
  Platinum Sponsor Baptist Health South Florida, George Foyo, Exec. VP & CAO with  Mrs. Foyo, Virginia Jacko, Pres. & CEO, Mrs. & Mr. Wendall Beard  
 

Platinum Sponsor Baptist Health South Florida, George Foyo, Executive Vice President & CAO with Mrs. Foyo, Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Mrs. & Mr. Wendell Beard.

 
     
     

2010 Music Under the Stars Photo Gallery

Photos of Third Annual 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 28th, 2010
Photos of Third Annual 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 28th, 2010
Photos of Third Annual 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 28th, 2010
Photos of Third Annual 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 28th, 2010
Photos of Third Annual 2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami at The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 28th, 2010

  

2009 Music Under the Stars…A Taste of Brickell

     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
   
         
   
         
       
         

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2008 Music Under the Stars: A Taste of Brickell

On April 30, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind hosted Music Under the Stars: A Taste of Brickell. This inaugural event, held at the Lighthouse, benefited its Children’s Vision Care Program, a mobile outreach program that provides free eye care services to school children in need.

Friends and donors were treated to culinary delights prepared by Brickell area restaurants including Morton’s the Steakhouse, Blu Pizza é Cucina, Perricone’s Marketplace, Gordon Biersch, Rosinella, Baja Fresh and Provence Grill. Musical entertainment was provided by Latin Tenor Warren Tesh, international violinist Randolph Margitza, and the talented Miami Lighthouse musicians.

To top the night off, legendary music producer Henry Stone presented CEO Virginia Jacko with the first royalty check from sales of “Instrumental Magic,” the first album produced by Stone since completing vision rehabilitation at Miami Lighthouse, and featuring saxophonist Jeff Zavac, a current client at the Lighthouse.

The event was sponsored by Ambutech, Eschenbach Optik, Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Mobile Specialty Vehicles, Southern Wine & Spirits, and AMC Liaisons/Rain Vodka.

 

 
 



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“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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The Blind Visionary
All of Virginia’s royalties and part of the publisher’s
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

 

 
 

 

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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