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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José Feliciano Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert

José Feliciano Side-by-Side Concert
Celebrates 80 Years for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

The legendary José Feliciano dazzled the crowd at a sold-out dinner concert in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Miami Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving the blind and visually impaired. The event was presented by Northern Trust Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Florida Power & Light, Verdeja & De Armas, Brown & Brown of Florida and others at the historic Biltmore Hotel with United States Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, co-chair of the Congressional Vision Caucus, as mistress of ceremonies. Visionary state leaders were honored for their support during the 2011 legislative session: Senator Gwen Margolis, Senator Joe Negron, Senator Nan Rich, Representative Dennis Baxley, Representative Matt Hudson, and Ellen Navarro, Legislative Assistant. Also honored at the event were 23 Ruby Jubilarians, donors who made a significant contribution in recognition of the Miami Lighthouse’s 80th anniversary. The sixth Miami Lighthouse album, See the Light, produced in the program's own Henry Stone Music Production Studio, was released at the event.

A new $1.1 million challenge was announced which will generate over three years a total of $2.2 million to provide additional space in a new fourth floor expansion to house an Educational Empowerment Center. Naming opportunities are available for significant contributors to the incentive match in the new fourth floor facility which will provide an additional 6,000 square feet for Braille and technology literacy, programs for teenagers transitioning to post-secondary education as well as job readiness. The match applies dollar-for-dollar for gifts of $500 up to $1.1 million during the next three years. According to CEO Jacko this expansion will meet the needs of a fourteen-fold increase since the Miami Lighthouse 2006 Diamond Jubilee; now serving 9,500 individuals annually. To participate in this challenge, call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 or click to Donate Now.

Additional sponsors of the event included: KJ Arellano Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Turner & Associates, LLP, Bacardi USA, Joseph and Jessica DaGrosa, Pamela J. Garrison and Shelley D. Rutherford, Aran Eye Associates, Walter and Terri Shikany, Stamps Family Foundation, Reverend Marta Weeks and Karl Wulf; Underwriting Sponsors included Media Stage, Inc., Romero Britto, Codina Partners, United HomeCare, Williamson Cadillac, Nüage Designs, Charles Simons and Libby Trainor, Terra Group and Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables/Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay.

An energetic silent auction helped raise funds which featured a wide variety of priceless items such as: Roundtrip airfare to Washington DC, two-night stay at the JW Marriott Hotel, a personal tour of the United States capitol with U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, lunch in the Member’s Dining Room and an American flag flown over the Capitol with the winning bidders name on it; American Airlines Roundtrip Airfare and a three-night stay at Adler Fels Winery in beautiful Sonoma County made possible by International Boutique Wines; a Seven-day Norwegian Cruise; and a One-week stay in Kennebunk Beach, Maine.

For more information call Cameron Sisser, 786-362-7515 or visit



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 ten 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 Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.


Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.




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.