Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

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Dog Walk / Yappy Hour

2016 Miami Lighthouse Yappy Hour

Tuesday evening, March 22nd, was one of the most fun-filled benefits ever hosted by Miami Lighthouse. Billed as "An Event for People and Dogs," it took place on the spacious outdoor patio of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar in Midtown Miami.

The evening was attended by nearly 100 guests and approximately 40 dogs of every size and breed, some even dressed in costume. Giveaways included doggie bandanas featuring Britto's Azul as well as doggie tote bags with lots of canine goodies. There were even prizes for the most talented dog and the best dog/owner look-alike. Everyone had a wonderful time -- dogs included!

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Gray Robinson PA, MAPFRE Insurance, Knowles Animal Clinics, BizSolutions, Absolute Graphics, and Susan Conroy Design.

2014 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Seventh Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

What does world renowned pop-artist Romero Britto have to do with the Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk? For the past seven years he has graciously allowed us to use his painting of a dog “Azul” on the tee shirts for this event. This year he donated a signed Azul dog figurine which was the grand prize for most participant pledges collected, and 20% of proceeds from the BRITTO Pop-Art Cart went to Miami Lighthouse. Romero Britto was the honoree at this year’s Dog Walk in recognition of the many ways he has supported Miami Lighthouse over the years.

Over 300 walkers with their dog guides, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held its seventh annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 16th. The St. Patrick’s Day themed walk was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and emceed by NBC-6 chief meteorologist John Morales.

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk was sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, BRITTO, McDonald’s, Brickell Bay Animal Hospital, GrayRobinson, Amerigroup, Milton and Patricia Wallace, tMiami, BizSolutions, NBC-6 Miami, Susan Conroy Design, and Absolute Graphics.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our seventh annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and works with a dog guide named Kieran.

2013 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Sixth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

Over 400 walkers with their dog guides, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held their sixth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 3rd. This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez with CBS Channel 4’s Rhiannon Ally and David Bernard as emcees.

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk is sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Brickell Motors, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Gray Robinson, Brickell Bay Animal Hospital, Milton and Patricia Wallace, Rugsies Carpet & Drapery Cleaning, Group M, BizSolutions, Britto, CBS 4 Miami, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Panera Bread, Fresh Market and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club.

This year’s grand prize winner, Judge Teresa Mary Pooler, for most participant pledges collected received two tickets with a once in a lifetime meet and greet experience with Cesar Millan “The Dog Whisperer” at The Fillmore

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our sixth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide named, Kieran.

2012 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fifth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

Over 150 walkers with their guide dogs, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse held their fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 25th. This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman with WPLG Channel 10’s Sasha Andrade as emcee.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide named, Kieran. Special recognition was given to Commissioner Sally Heyman and Carol Russo who conceived the idea for the dog walk five years ago. Contest prizes for “cutest,” “look-alike,” and “most talented dog,” were judged by Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, Chairman of Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors Michael Silva, Board Director Lou Nostro and Dog Walk co-creator Carol Russo. Also in attendance was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Music and sound engineering was provided by instructors in the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™.

The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk was sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Brickell Motors, Met Life, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, GrayRobinson, Banfield Pet Hospital, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, Milton and Patricia Wallace, Rugsies Carpet & Drapery Cleaning, BizSolutions, Britto, WPLG Local 10, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Brooklyn Bagels, Fuze and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club.

2011 Walk, Waggle & Stroll at the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, walkers and their dogs participated in the Fourth Annual Miami Lighthouse Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami. The event raised over $19,000 for the Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program which prepares visually impaired clients who wish to use a guide dog.

This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitaries, Miami-Dade County Commissioners Sally Heyman and Dennis Moss and NBC Chief Meteorologist John Morales. Members of the Miami Dolphins Special Teams organization along with service dogs from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also joined in on the days wonderful festivities.

2010 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, hundreds of patrons participated in the Third Annual Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami. Through the event, nearly $20,000 was raised for the Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program.

The Miami Lighthouse Orientation & Mobility program prepares visually impaired clients who wish to use a guide dog. Successful completion of training is a prerequisite for attending guide dog school.

We are grateful to sponsors PetSmart, Shops at Midtown Miami, The Standard Chartered Private Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Turner & Associates LLP, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, artist Romero Britto, Susan Conroy Design, PCA Printing, Banfield Pet Hospital, Starbucks, OXXO, Humana, Mac Parking, Azul Optics and New York Life.

2009 Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk

On March 15th, many dog lovers and friends of Miami Lighthouse gathered at The Shops at Midtown Miami to take part in the Second Annual Dog Walk, a walk dedicated to raising awareness for guide dogs and service animals of all kinds. The Honorary Chairs of this year’s walk were Dennis C. Moss, Chairman, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, and Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade County Commissioner.

Walkers had the chance to interact with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dogs, Junior League Therapy Dogs, and of course several guide dogs, including Miami Lighthouse President & CEO Virginia Jacko’s guide dog, Gibney. Young philanthropists Samantha and Jacob Narson won the award for most pledges collected, raising more than $1,000 to benefit the free programs and services provided to clients at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

This year’s walk was generously sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami-Dade Chairman Dennis C. Moss & Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, PetSmart, The Standard Chartered Private Bank, Turner & Associates, Susan Conroy Design, Jay M. Levy, P.A., Mercury Express Couriers, Rugsies, MAC Parking and many others.

2008 Miami Lighthouse Hosts First Annual “Dog A Thon”

On March 30th, friends gathered at the new Shops at Midtown Miami to take part in the first annual Dog A Thon benefiting Miami Lighthouse. Event sponsors included PetSmart, Ameriprise Financial, The Shops at Midtown Miami, Romero Britto, Dunkin Donuts, and Multivision Video & Film.

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

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.

 

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.