2012 See The Light Luncheon
Miami Lighthouse For The Blind Celebrates The Completion Of Its Spencer Educational Empowerment Center Challenge
Hosted by Bessemer Trust, Shutts and Bowen LLP and Commissioner Sally Heyman, more than 200 South Florida community leaders attended the See the Light Luncheon at La Gorce Country Club on November 15th.
Major contributors to the capital campaign honored with ceramic plaques made by blind children and adults were The Reverend Marta Weeks, Jan and Dan Lewis, Penny and Roe Stamps, Jacquelyn Hegamyer Hinckley and Katharine Hegamyer. Ruby Jubilarians were also recognized.
Operating funds were raised to support programs in the new facility, such as, Braille literacy, computer and digital technology and math laboratory curriculum, to empower students with skills to be competitive and productive despite their blindness.
The new Fourth Floor Spencer Educational Empowerment Center will allow Miami Lighthouse to educate more blind and visually impaired youth. According to CEO Jacko this expansion will help meet the demand of a fourteen-fold increase since 2006; now serving 9,500 program participants annually.
For more information call Cameron Sisser, 786-362-7515 or visit www.miamilighthouse.org.
Miami Lighthouse held its sixth annual Share the Vision luncheon at La Gorce Country Club on October 6. At this year's 2010 Share the Vision luncheon, the Educational Empowerment Challenge was announced, a $500,000 matching incentive to expand educational opportunities for our visually impaired students, our professional staff and for internships. This match will also be used to expand our year-round programming for children focusing on Braille and technology literacy and pre-Braille literacy training for our blind babies and their caregivers.
Owen S. Freed, Esq., Chairman of the Board, and Virginia Jacko, Miami Lighthouse President and CEO, presented a beautiful crystal lighthouse to Louis Nostro, Esq., Miami Lighthouse Board Director, and Joseph D. Bolton, Managing Partner, Shutts & Bowen, to honor the law firm for 80 years of dedication and pro bono service to Miami Lighthouse. In 1935, Colonel Shutts of the Miami Herald asked his young lawyer associate Preston Prevatt to provide pro bono service to incorporate Miami Lighthouse, a newly formed private agency serving the blind of Miami. Since then, Shutts & Bowen has supported Miami Lighthouse through legal services and generous donations.
Guests were treated to the musical talents of students who participate in our nationally recognized music inclusion program as they entered the venue. Miami Lighthouse summer camp children Jayden Ferrell and Silvio Plata, delighted the crowd with “Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” while Joseph Chica gave a moving invocation.
More than 200 of South Florida’s philanthropists and community leaders attended this extraordinary luncheon, generously underwritten by Bessemer Trust. Guests enjoyed wine provided by Gulf Wine Merchants and beautiful hand-made ceramic centerpieces created by Miami Lighthouse blind and visually impaired adults in the Social Group Activities program.
Miami Lighthouse Board Director Ramón Casas challenged attendees to imagine what vision impairment is like, and spoke about the importance of the matching grant challenge. He praised the Educational Empowerment Challenge as an example of true philanthropy and pointed out the power of a matching gift, encouraging guests to participate in the challenge.
Miami Lighthouse has received its third consecutive 4-star rating, the
highest rating possible, from Charity Navigator in recognition of its
ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.
2009 MLB Receives One Million Dollar Matching Gift Challenge, Made in Memory of Sash A. Spencer
Miami Lighthouse is pleased to announce a way for new and existing donors to double the impact of their charitable giving: the One Million Dollar Challenge in Memory of Sash A. Spencer. Through this challenge all new donations or gifts of an increased amount from existing donors between $100 and $150,000 will be generously matched by Mary Spencer.
2008 Miami Lighthouse Hosts 4th Annual “Share the Vision” Luncheon
Over 250 of South Florida’s most generous philanthropists and community leaders were on hand to watch Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired accept the first $250,000 installment of the “One Million Dollar Challenge in Memory of Sash A. Spencer,” an incentive matching gift from philanthropist Mary M. Spencer at the 4th Annual “Share the Vision” fundraising luncheon November 12 at La Gorce Country Club. Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Spencer, all new donations or gifts of an increased amount from current or past donors between $100 and $150,000 will be matched in the memory of her beloved husband, Sash A. Spencer.
This year’s luncheon, generously underwritten by Bessemer Trust, raised $350,000 for programs and services offered to blind and visually impaired children and adults. Guests enjoyed wine from The River Wines and beautiful table centerpieces designed by Epicure Events which incorporated hand-made ceramic pieces created by Miami Lighthouse blind and visually impaired children and adults.