Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND DEDICATES SASH A. SPENCER EDUCATIONAL
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.
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.