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White Cane Day

2016 White Cane Day

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind celebrated 85 years of service to the blind and visually impaired community on National White Cane Day in Miami on Friday, October 14th. An estimated 200 people of all ages, escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments, walked from Miami Lighthouse, at 601 S.W. 8th Ave., down 8th Street and back, where the celebration continued with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Music Program musicians.

This year Uber and Miami Lighthouse launched a partnership aimed at expanding mobility options for blind and visually impaired riders and helped raise awareness of the White Cane Laws by reinforcing best practices to South Florida driver-partners. Other highlights of this year’s celebration, emceed by Ron Magill, Goodwill Ambassador at Zoo Miami, included Grand Marshal Billy the Marlin and presentations by Penny Shaffer, Market President at Florida Blue, Denise Valkema of Miami National Federation of the Blind and Paul Edwards of the Florida Council of the Blind. The Miami Lions Club and its Foundation were also present to help lead the way at the walk.

Emcee Ron Magill, Penny Shaffer, Market President South Florida, Florida Blue and CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Emcee Ron Magill with Grand Marshall Billy the Marlin

Emcee Ron Magill, Penny Shaffer, Market President
South Florida, |Florida Blue and CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Emcee Ron Magill with Grand Marshall Billy the Marlin.

     

Emcee Ron Magill and Paul Edwards of the Florida Council of the Blind

 

Emcee Ron Magill, Denise Valkema of Miami National Federation of the Blind and CEO Virginia Jacko

Emcee Ron Magill and Paul Edwards of the
Florida Council of the Blind.

 

Emcee Ron Magill, Denise Valkema of Miami National
Federation of the Blind and CEO Virginia Jacko.

     

Marie Bell representing Mayor Carlos Gimenez presents Miami-Dade County Proclamation to CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Emcee Ron Magill, CEO Virginia Jacko, Marjorie York, Christopher Taylor representing Commissioner Sally Heyman, Tiffany Lorente representing Senator Anitere Flores and Jannette Nunez representing Representative David Richardson

Marie Bell representing Mayor Carlos Gimenez presents
Miami-Dade County Proclamation to CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Emcee Ron Magill, CEO Virginia Jacko, Marjorie York,
Christopher Taylor representing Commissioner Sally Heyman,
Tiffany Lorente representing Senator Anitere Flores and
Jannette Nunez representing Representative David Richardson.

     

Lion Luis Olarte, District Governor N-35

 

Lions for the Blind, Leo Manteca of MassMutual Miami and CEO Virginia Jacko

Lion Luis Olarte, District Governor N-35.

 

Lions for the Blind, Leo Manteca of
MassMutual Miami and CEO Virginia Jacko.

We thank our participating sponsors which include included Florida Blue, UBER, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Lions for the Blind, Spine Solutions, OrCam, Law Office of Benedict P. Kuehne, P.A., Breakfast sponsored by Walgreens Store #2544, and lunch sponsored by Burger King Store #12778. Thank you to all of our supporters of White Cane Day as proceeds benefit services and programs provided by Miami Lighthouse.

Emcee Ron Magill, Rachel Johnson of Uber with CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Representatives from Florida Blue

Emcee Ron Magill, Rachel Johnson of Uber with
CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Representatives from Florida Blue.

     

Patti Mena of OrCam, CEO Virginia Jacko and Chet Jawor of Vanda Pharmaceuticals

 

Representatives from MassMutual Miami

Patti Mena of OrCam, CEO Virginia Jacko and
Chet Jawor of Vanda Pharmaceuticals.

 

Representatives from MassMutual Miami.

The White Cane Day Walk

The White Cane Day Walk

2015 White Cane Day

White Cane Day is the day of the year when clients give back to Miami Lighthouse and enable us to help others who need vision rehabilitation. Grateful clients solicit donations from family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Hugo Meneses, Lola Zuniga and Herb Klein were recognized as the top fundraisers at this year’s White Cane Day event. With client support, in-kind donations and sponsorships by Florida Blue, the Marlins Foundation and Lions for the Blind, this year’s event raised $13,000.

An estimated 200 people of all ages participated in our White Cane Day walk on October 15th. Escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments, they walked from Miami Lighthouse, down 8th Street and back, where the celebration continued with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Music Program musicians, guest speakers and special presentations. The keynote speaker was Penny Shaffer, Market President South Florida, Florida Blue. NBC 6’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales was the emcee. Grand Marshals were Senator Anitere Flores, representing the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation; Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, representing the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners; Ramón Casas, Chair, Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors; Juan Carlos Diaz, District Administrator, District 12 Florida Division of Blind Services; Lion Ildefonso Ortega, District Governor 35-N; and Billy the Marlin.

The event was sponsored by Florida Blue, the Marlins Foundation and Lions for the Blind with musical entertainment provided by Miami Lighthouse musicians and instructors. We express appreciation Avison Young for providing breakfast and to Al Cabrera for providing cheese burgers for lunch from Burger King #12778.

CEO Virginia Jacko and Penny Shaffer, Market President South Florida, Florida Blue

 

CEO Virginia Jacko, Penny Shaffer and Board Chair Ramon Casas with Florida Blue White Cane Day participants.

CEO Virginia Jacko and Penny Shaffer,
Market President South Florida, Florida Blue.

 

CEO Virginia Jacko, Penny Shaffer and Board Chair Ramon Casas with
Florida Blue White Cane Day participants.

     

Far left emcee John Morales and Board Chair Ramon Casas, front row left Board Director Donna Abood with Avison Young participantsFar left emcee John Morales and Board Chair Ramon Casas, front row left Board Director Donna Abood with Avison Young participants.

Far left emcee John Morales and Board Chair Ramon Casas, front row left Board Director Donna Abood with Avison Young participants

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman presents proclamation to Board Chair Ramon Casas and CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Dave Hageman, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, CEO the Blind, CEO Virginia Jacko and Senator Anitere Flores.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman presents proclamation
to Board Chair Ramon Casas and CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Rhys Filmer, OrCam Technologies,
Simon and Michele Hassine.

     

Juan Carlos Diaz, DBS District Administrator, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Board Chair Ramon Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, Lion Ildefonso Oretega and Penny Shaffer.

 

Miami Lighthouse clients, staff, sponsors and volunteers participated in the walk.

Juan Carlos Diaz, DBS District Administrator, Commissioner
Sally Heyman, Board Chair Ramon Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Lion Ildefonso Oretega and Penny Shaffer.

 

Miami Lighthouse clients, staff, sponsors and
volunteers participated in the walk.

     

2014 White Cane Day

On Wednesday, October 15th an estimated 200 people of all ages escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments walked together from Miami Lighthouse, at 601 S.W. 8th Ave., down 8th Street and back, where the celebration continued with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians, guest speakers and special presentations. NBC 6’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales was the emcee and Grand Marshals were Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Lion Juan Tejera, Immediate Past District Governor 35-N; LtCol Tony Colmenares, Director, City of Miami Veterans Services; Dave Hagemann, Guiding Eyes for the Bind; and Billy the Marlin representing The Marlins Foundation.

Emcee John Morales, Virginia Morgan representing Representative David Richardson, LtCol Tony Colmenares, Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Billy the Marlin, Dave Hagemann, Lion Juan Tejera and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Emcee John Morales, Virginia Morgan representing Representative David Richardson,
LtCol Tony Colmenares, Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Billy the Marlin, Dave Hagemann,
Lion Juan Tejera and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

 

Dave Hagemann, Lion Juan Tejera, Virginia Jacko President & CEO, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,   LtCol Tony Colmenares and Emcee John Morales.

Dave Hagemann, Lion Juan Tejera, Virginia Jacko President & CEO,
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, LtCol Tony Colmenares and Emcee John Morales.

Presentations were be made by Molina Healthcare of Florida and OrCam Technologies. As the signature sponsor of the event Dr. Mark Bloom, CMO of Molina Healthcare, discussed techniques for navigating today’s health care system. Rhys Filmer discussed OrCam’s technologically advanced device unique in its ability to provide visual aid through a discreet wearable platform and simple easy-to-use interface which serves to enhance the daily lives of people with vision loss.

Dr. Mark Bloom, Molina Healthcare of Florida.

 

Rhys Filmer, OrCam Technologies.

Dr. Mark Bloom, Molina Healthcare of Florida.

 

Rhys Filmer, OrCam Technologies.

Participating sponsors include Molina Healthcare of Florida, OrCam Technologies and Noven Pharmaceuticals. Breakfast was sponsored by Starbucks Mary Brickell, Chik-fil-A, Arahis Bakery, Publix, Miami Sunshine Lions Club, American Fruit, Lion Dilma Rodrigues, Cecilia Ferrer, and lunch sponsored by Burger King #12778, Lions for the Blind and Susie Wahab.

Dr. Mark Bloom, Marisol Veliz and Liza Ortega from Molina Healthcare of Florida and emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami.

 

Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Rhys Filmer, OrCam Technologies, Simon and Michele Hassine.

Dr. Mark Bloom, Marisol Veliz and Liza Ortega from
Molina Healthcare of Florida and emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami.

 

Virginia Jacko, President & CEO, Rhys Filmer, OrCam Technologies,
Simon and Michele Hassine.

     
Hugo Meneses, representing Noven Pharmaceuticals, and emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami.

Hugo Meneses, representing Noven Pharmaceuticals,
and emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami.

 

Lion Maria Augusta Pusey, Miami Five Star Lions Club, Lion Betty Barrera, Miami Lautaro Lions Club, emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami, Lion Nelba Gonzalez, Coordinator of Arts and Crafts/SGA, Susie Wahab.

Lion Maria Augusta Pusey, Miami Five Star Lions Club, Lion Betty Barrera,
Miami Lautaro Lions Club, emcee John Morales, NBC 6 Miami, Lion Nelba Gonzalez,
Coordinator of Arts and Crafts/SGA, Susie Wahab.

 

Lion Maria Augusta Pusey, Lion Juan Tejera Immediate Past District Governor 35-N, 2nd Vice District Governor Ildefonso Ortega, Lion Alan Campbell and Lion Martin Murphy.

Lion Maria Augusta Pusey, Lion Juan Tejera Immediate Past District Governor 35-N,
2nd Vice District Governor Ildefonso Ortega, Lion Alan Campbell and Lion Martin Murphy.

 

Miami Lighthouse clients participating in our White Cane Day Walk.

Miami Lighthouse clients participating in our White Cane Day Walk.

 

2013 White Cane Day

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired celebrated White Cane Day in Miami on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Over 200 people walked from the Miami Lighthouse down S.W. 7th Street, across to S.W. 8th Street, and back, led by City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, Florida State Representative David Richardson, Julius Davis, District Administrator, Division of Blind Services, Ivonne Perez-Suarez, Consumer Advocate at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Billy the Marlin. The celebration continued with good food, musical entertainment provided by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians and instructors, and presentations by special guests.

At this year’s event, Miami Lighthouse honored Barbara Moyer, Manager of Talking Books Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System, for her hard work and dedication throughout her years of service. The keynote speaker at the event was Julius Davis, District Administrator of Division of Blind Services, who also entertained guests by taking part in the musical performance. Participating sponsors included Noven Pharmaceuticals, Wal-Mart, tropical Financial Credit Union and Lions for the Blind. Breakfast was sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company, American Fruit & Produce and Susie Wahab and lunch was sponsored by Burger King, Lions for the Blind and Sonia Zamora.

City of Miami Senior Fire Inspector Kathy Daegling, CBS 4 Reporter Lauren Pastrana, City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, CEO Virginia Jacko, Billy the Marlin, Florida State Representative David Richardson, City of Miami Police Department

City of Miami Senior Fire Inspector Kathy Daegling, CBS 4 Reporter Lauren Pastrana,
City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, CEO Virginia Jacko, Billy the Marlin,
Florida State Representative David Richardson, City of Miami Police Department

 

 

 
Honoree Barbara Moyer, Manager of Talking Books Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System and CEO Virginia Jacko

Honoree Barbara Moyer, Manager of Talking Books Library,
Miami-Dade Public Library System and CEO Virginia Jacko

 

 

 
Billy the Marlin, CEO Virginia Jacko and Julius Davis, District Administrator, Division of Blind Services

Billy the Marlin, CEO Virginia Jacko and Julius Davis, District Administrator, Division of Blind Services

 

 

 
White Cane Day sponsors and speaker receive recognition plaques

White Cane Day sponsors and speaker receive recognition plaques

 

 

 
White Cane Day participants during the walk

White Cane Day participants during the walk

 

 

 
White Cane Day participants during the walk

White Cane Day participants during the walk

 

 

 

2012 Miami Lighthouse For The Blind Celebrates Nationally-Recognized
"White Cane Day"

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired celebrated White Cane Day in Miami on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. An estimated 200 people of all ages led by Grand Marshals Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and State Representative Luis Garcia walked from Miami Lighthouse, at 601 S.W. 8th Ave., east down 7th Street, across to 8th Street, and then continued the celebration with food, music featuring Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians, keynote speakers and special presentations. “I am honored and excited to serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s White Cane Day,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is one of Miami-Dade County’s premiere non-profit organizations, and they have organized a fun-filled day aimed at educating the public on blindness issues and raising awareness of the White Cane Law, which protects blind and visually impaired pedestrians.”

White Cane Day is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness, the white cane. The signature sponsor of the event, Waste Pro USA, unveiled a new “Side Door Service Program,” for blind and visually impaired attendees, a door service trash pick-up, one of the first of its kind.

This year’s event included keynote speakers Paul Edwards, President of the Florida Council of the Blind and Earl Oaks, President of the National Federation of the Blind, Greater Miami-Dade Chapter. Participating sponsors included Waste Pro USA and Noven Pharmaceuticals. Breakfast was sponsored by Lions Club Miami-Guatemala and Starbucks and lunch was sponsored by Burger King, Lions Home for the Blind, FUZE, and American Fruit and Produce. Special recognition was given to Michelle Levy and her team at the Division of Blind Services, as well as, District Governor Juan Tejera and participating Lions.

District Governor Juan Tejera, CEO Virginia Jacko, State Representative Luis Garcia, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and walkers celebrate White Cane Day

District Governor Juan Tejera, CEO Virginia Jacko, State Representative Luis Garcia,
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and walkers celebrate White Cane Day

 

 

 

2011 Miami Lighthouse For The Blind Celebrates Nationally-Recognized
"White Cane Day"

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired celebrated White Cane Day in Miami on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Almost 200 people walked from Miami Lighthouse across 8th Street and down to 7th Avenue, raising awareness about the White Cane Laws. White Cane Day commemorates the independence of the blind and visually impaired community. “White Cane Day is important for Miami-Dade County residents because it makes people more aware of the tools used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired that allow them to lead independent, productive lives,” said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. “White Cane Day is even more special for us this year, as Miami Lighthouse celebrates its 80 years of service along with the abilities and achievements of people with blindness or visual impairments.”

This year’s event included a ceremony honoring outgoing Florida Division of Blind Services District Administrator Gail Sterner which was presented by Paul Edwards, Chair of Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind, and Virginia A. Jacko. The White Cane Day Grand Marshals were Florida State Representative Luis Garcia and City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, and the keynote speaker was David New, Founder of Ability Explosion.

We thank Amerigroup Community Care the signature sponsor of the event and our other event sponsors: Noven Pharmaceuticals, breakfast sponsored by Miami Guatemala Lions Club, Starbucks and Arahis Bakery, lunch provided through the generosity of Burger King and Lions for the Blind.

Florida State Representative Luis Garcia, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, Virginia A. Jacko and walkers celebrate White Cane Day

Florida State Representative Luis Garcia, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez,
Virginia A. Jacko and walkers celebrate White Cane Day

 
Florida State Representative Luis Garcia and City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez present President and CEO Virginia Jacko with Proclamations commemorating October 14th 2011 as White Cane Day

Florida State Representative Luis Garcia and City of Miami Commissioner
Francis Suarez present President and CEO Virginia Jacko with
Proclamations commemorating October 14th 2011 as White Cane Day

 

Division of Blind Services District Administrator Gail Sterner accepting her award presented by Paul Edwards, President of the Florida Council of the Blind and CEO Virginia Jacko

 

White Cane Day participants listen to keynote speaker David New, Founder of Ability Explosion

Division of Blind Services District Administrator Gail Sterner
accepting her award presented by Paul Edwards,
President of the Florida Council of the Blind and CEO Virginia Jacko

 

White Cane Day participants listen to keynote speaker
David New, Founder of Ability Explosion

 

 

 

Kathryn Martinez and Socrates Aguayo representing Amerigroup Community Care, White Cane Day Signature Sponsor, with CEO Virginia Jacko

Kathryn Martinez and Socrates Aguayo representing Amerigroup Community Care,
White Cane Day Signature Sponsor, with CEO Virginia Jacko

 

CEO Virginia Jacko with the Miami Guatemala Lions Club

 

Myra Diaz-Meneses representing event sponsor Noven Pharmaceuticals with CEO Virginia Jacko

CEO Virginia Jacko with the Miami Guatemala Lions Club

 

Myra Diaz-Meneses representing event sponsor
Noven Pharmaceuticals with CEO Virginia Jacko

 

 

 

CEO Virginia Jacko with Luz Marina Rosenfeld, Top Pledge Winner

 

CEO Virginia Jacko with Hugo Meneses, Pledge Winner runner-up

CEO Virginia Jacko with Luz Marina Rosenfeld, Top Pledge Winner

 

CEO Virginia Jacko with Hugo Meneses, Pledge Winner runner-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Miami Lighthouse Celebrated White Cane Day on October 15th

     
  District 35N Vice Governor Lion Diana Castillo, Amerigroup representative Stephen Roca, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office Suzanne Salichs, President and CEO Virginia Jacko, District 35N Governor Lion Alec Hernandez, District 35N Vice Governor Lion Juan Tejada, and Standard Chartered Bank and Board Director John Harriman  
 

District 35N Vice Governor Lion Diana Castillo, Amerigroup representative Stephen Roca,
Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office Suzanne Salichs, President and CEO Virginia Jacko,
District 35N Governor Lion Alec Hernandez, District 35N Vice Governor Lion Juan Tejada, and
Standard Chartered Bank and Board Director John Harriman

 
     
  President and CEO Virginia Jacko and Standard Chartered Bank and Board Director John Harriman  
 

President and CEO Virginia Jacko and Standard Chartered Bank and Board Director John Harriman

 

Friday, Oct. 15th was White Cane Day in Miami and across the nation. The blind and visually impaired community of Miami-Dade County assembled at Miami Lighthouse to commemorate this historic day celebrating the independence of the blind and visually impaired community.

More than 150 participants of all ages walked from the Miami Lighthouse, across 8th Street and down to 7th Avenue and then continued the celebration with food and music. The keynote speaker for this year was Sandra Hix, President of the Local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. The event was sponsored by Standard Chartered Private Bank and Amerigroup Community Care. According to board director John Harriman, Senior Director of Standard Chartered and Grand Marshall of the White Cane Day walk, “It is fitting that our bank sponsored this important event as our motto is ‘Seeing is Believing’ and today our bank is celebrating World Sight Day.” Steven Roca from Amerigroup Community Care accepted a plaque honoring Amerigroup’s continued dedication to supporting White Cane Day over the years.

The walk included program participants from the Miami Lighthouse, many representatives from the community, especially members from the local Coral Way Colombian Lions Club who provided the breakfast, American Legion Honor Guard and other community leaders. Lunch was provided through the generosity of Burger King Store 12778. Standard Chartered provided the White Cane Day tee shirts for all participants.

For the Miami-Dade and Monroe County individuals who are blind or have significant vision impairment, White Cane Day is considered to be “Independence Day,” symbolized by the white cane and dog guide that assist many people for safe travel and mobility. The long white cane and guide dog also represent the ability to live independently and contribute to the community.
 

2010 White Cane Day Pre-Event Celebration at My Destiny Banquet Hall
Sponsored by City National Bank and
Union de Ciegos Hispanos en Estados Unidos, Inc.

     

 

     

Miami Lighthouse President and CEO Virginia Jacko,
Peter Lacau and Eduardo Santamaria of City National Bank

Over 175 Miami Lighthouse clients, staff members and guests attended the Miami Lighthouse White Cane Day Pre-Event Celebration on Friday, September 24 at My Destiny Banquet Hall. Guests enjoyed a night of music, delicious food and dancing, as well as numerous prizes raffled off to guests. Raffle prizes included a 60-Minute Swedish Massage Session donated by Magda Bibiana Peralta L.M.T, an Avon basket donated by Lourdes Rodriguez, an O’Mara’s Irish Cream gift set and Sony CD AM/FM Cassette Recorder donated by Hugo Meneses, a Goya gift basket donated by Goya Foods of Florida, Inc., a still life painted and donated by Zara Mekertin and a Fitness Evaluation and Personal Training session donated by The Personal Touch Fitness.

Special thanks to pre-event sponsors: City National Bank and Union de Ciegos Hispanos en Estados Unidos Inc., as well as those that attended. All White Cane Day event proceeds will benefit the Social Group Activities (SGA) Program. SGA offers leisure activities for adults at the Miami Lighthouse that aid in perfecting dexterity necessary for Braille. Field trips to local parks, museums and other areas of interest, group discussions and language classes are also available.

White Cane Day festivities will take place on October 15 at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind beginning at 8:30 am. All are encouraged to attend and take part in the walk for White Cane Safety. For more information click on the Upcoming Events, White Cane Day at the top left section of this web page.
 

2009 White Cane Day Celebration

More than 150 clients and guests gathered at Miami Lighthouse on October 15th to celebrate National White Cane Day. Attendees participated in a walk around Little Havana accompanied by City of Miami Police Commander David Sanchez and fellow officers. Following the walk, keynote speaker Paul Edwards, Director of Access Services at Miami-Dade College North Campus, and Dan Howe of the Miami-Dade Office of ADA Coordination addressed the crowd about the importance of the White Cane Laws and the rights of blind and visually impaired pedestrians. Special thanks to event sponsor, AMERIGROUP Community Care, the Coral Way Colombian Lions Club for providing breakfast, and Burger King & Lions for the Blind, Inc. for providing lunch.
 

2008 White Cane Safety Day

Miami Lighthouse Board Member John Harriman, President & CEO Virginia A. Jacko and John Clapp led the White Cane Safety Day Walk-a-Thon October 15. White Cane Safety Day, a national observance, educates the public on blindness issues and the White Cane Law, which protects blind and visually impaired pedestrians. This year’s keynote speaker was Danelle D'Aquanni Umstead, a visually impaired female athlete currently training to compete as an alpine ski racer in the 2010 Paralympics.

 

 
 



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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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