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Sash A. Spencer
Educational Empowerment Center

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND DEDICATES SASH A. SPENCER EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER
New 4th Floor Officially Opened on October 7th

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired hosted the official dedication of the Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center on Tuesday, October 7th. Barry E. Johnson, President & CEO of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, emceed the ceremonies at 601 SW 8th Avenue, as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Senator Gwen Margolis, Commissioner Sally Heyman and major supporters cut the ribbon celebrating the new learning center for blind and visually impaired teenagers and adults. The event, sponsored by Walgreen Co., Northern Trust and Nostro Jones, P.A, also recognized the firm of OHL Arellano Construction for its pro-bono role as General Contractor and MGE Architects.

  Ribbon cutting celebration: Jan and Daniel Lewis, Agustin Arellano, Sr., Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mrs. Sash A. Spencer, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko President & CEO, Carmella Witt, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Marta Weeks Wulf and Penny Stamps.
 

Ribbon cutting celebration: Jan and Daniel Lewis, Agustin Arellano, Sr., Commissioner Sally Heyman,
Mrs. Sash A. Spencer, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko President & CEO, Carmella Witt,
Mayor Tomas Regalado, Marta Weeks Wulf and Penny Stamps.

   
  Senator Gwen Margolis and Mayor Tomas Regalado present special Salute to Virginia Jacko. Sponsor Walgreen Co.: Roy Ripak and Georgia Lehoczky.
 

Senator Gwen Margolis and Mayor Tomas Regalado
present special Salute to Virginia Jacko.

Sponsor Walgreen Co.: Roy Ripak and Georgia Lehoczky.

     
  Emcee Barry Johnson.
 

Emcee Barry Johnson.

   
  Sponsor Northern Trust: Jan Morrison, Board Directors Scott Richey and Kent Benedict, Honorary Director Ed Joyce. Sponsor Nostro Jones PA: Board Director Lou Nostro and Jennifer Jones.
 

Sponsor Northern Trust: Jan Morrison, Board Directors Scott Richey and Kent Benedict, Honorary Director Ed Joyce.

Sponsor Nostro Jones PA: Board Director Lou Nostro
and Jennifer Jones.

   
  Steven and Ruth Marcus, Virginia Jacko, Julie Jacko and Francois Sainfort.
 

Steven and Ruth Marcus, Virginia Jacko, Julie Jacko and Francois Sainfort.

   

4th Floor Construction

 

 

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And OHL Arellano Construction Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony At 601 SW 8th Avenue

You’ve read the headlines—Miami Lighthouse expands its facility! What you haven’t read is that OHL Arellano Construction is providing pro bono general contracting services so that blind teenagers can transition successfully from high school to higher education or mainstream employment. Elected officials, community leaders, media and other supporters of Miami Lighthouse attended the groundbreaking ceremony for our Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center, a new fourth floor wing for blind youth, on July 15th at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 601 SW 8th Avenue, Miami.

“During 2012 Miami Lighthouse served 9,350 clients, an increase of 27 percent over 2008 and a five-fold increase since 2006, the year before the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program became part of Miami Lighthouse, growing from 1,700 clients to 9,350. With our new fourth floor, Miami Lighthouse will have the capacity to serve this growing number of people affected by vision loss,” said CEO Virginia Jacko.

This project represents a partnership between Miami Lighthouse and OHL Arellano Construction which also provided pro bono general contracting services for our third floor expansion in 2006-2007. “OHL Arellano Construction has a long history of supporting nonprofits in our community, and this project is representative of our commitment to Miami-Dade-County,” said Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO, OHL Arellano Construction.

We express our appreciation to contributors who made matching gifts to the Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center which made this expansion possible. Other contributors to the match were The Reverend Marta Weeks, Jan and Dan Lewis, Penny and Roe Stamps, Jacquelyn Hegamyer Hinckley and Katharine Hegamyer, Miami Lighthouse Ruby Jubilarians and others.

  Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Mayor; Ana Maria Rodriguez, Councilwoman City of Doral; Rebeca Sosa, Chairwoman, Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; Joe Garcia, U.S. Congress, Representative Florida District 26; Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners; Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO OHL Arellano Construction.  
 

Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Mayor; Ana Maria Rodriguez, Councilwoman City of Doral; Rebeca Sosa, Chairwoman,
Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; Joe Garcia, U.S. Congress, Representative Florida District 26;
Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners; 
Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired;
Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO OHL Arellano Construction.

 
     
  Board Director Owen Freed, CEO Virginia Jacko, Honorary Director Gloria Martin, Vice President, Finance/CFO OHL Arellano Construction Agustin Arellano, Jr., Board Director Bill Beckham Nicole Maristany, CBS Miami, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, CEO Virginia Jacko, Vice President, Finance/CFO OHL Arellano Construction, Agustin Arellano, Jr.  
 

Board Director Owen Freed, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Honorary Director Gloria Martin,
Vice President, Finance/CFO OHL Arellano Construction
Agustin Arellano, Jr., Board Director Bill Beckham

Nicole Maristany, CBS Miami, Neighbors 4 Neighbors,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Vice President, Finance/CFO
OHL Arellano Construction, Agustin Arellano, Jr.

 
       
  Gail Cohen, CEO Virginia Jacko, Dr. Harold Cohen  
 

Gail Cohen, CEO Virginia Jacko, Dr. Harold Cohen

 
     
  Honorary Board Director Shelly Daniel Rutherford, CEO Virginia Jacko, Eugenie Beckwith McCrea  
 

Honorary Board Director Shelly Daniel Rutherford, CEO Virginia Jacko, Eugenie Beckwith McCrea

 
     
 
 



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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 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.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

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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