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Miami Today: Miami Lighthouse Growing
To further help legally blind teenagers and young adults become independent, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to open a 5,700-square-foot fourth floor by summer’s end. To read the entire article click here.

Construction of “The Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center”
We express our appreciation to OHL Arellano construction for their pro- bono contracting services and in addition we extend our appreciation to the subcontractors, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, especially Commissioner’s Sally Heyman and Bruno Barreiro and Mayor Tomas Regalado. This project was made possible by the generosity of our community.


Romero Britto Honored at Seventh Annual Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk to Raise Awareness for Service Animals
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.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Honors Eight Amazing Women Leaders at the 2014 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored excellence in business by celebrating eight outstanding women at the 2014 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards on Friday, March 7th. Board Director Donna Abood and CEO Virginia Jacko were among the honorees.

Chairman's Annual Report to Stakeholders Highlighting Our Major Accomplishments in 2013
Presented at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting January 28, 2013.

Upcoming Events

April 30, 2014 Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

Join Legislators, school officials and community leaders on Wednesday, April 30th at Miami Lighthouse to celebrate over 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 85,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care. Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami attendees will enjoy musical performances by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ students, instructors and special guests, food from great Miami area restaurants, beverages and a silent auction.

2014 Summer Camp Dates Have Been Announced!

STAR (ages 5 – 13) from June 16th to July 25th
Please contact Linda Rios at 786-362-7483
Or at Lrios@miamilighthouse.org
To view the Summer Program STAR Registration Flyer click here

Transition (ages 14 – 22) from June 16th to August 1st
Contact Emily Nostro at 786-362-7523
To view the Summer Program Transition Flyer click here

Music (ages 13 – 18 years old) (Blind and Visually Impaired 13 to 22 years old) from June 16th to July 31st
To view the Summer Program Music Flyer click here

July 10, 2014 Miami Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon Underwritten by All Aboard Florida

The Young Professionals of Miami Lighthouse will hold their annual Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon and networking event at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind on Thursday, July 10th. The event is generously underwritten by All Aboard Florida. Please join us as over eighty elected officials and young professionals gather to enjoy the complimentary luncheon and networking followed by a tour of Miami Lighthouse.

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Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO, OHL Arellano Construction, CEO Virginia Jacko, Agustin Arellano, Sr., President, OHL Arellano Construction at Groundbreaking Ceremony for new 4th Floor,
July 15, 2013.
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Miami Marlins check presentation: PJ Loyello
Senior VP of Communications & Broadcasting,
David Samson Miami Marlins President,
Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr.,
President & CEO Virginia Jacko,
Miami Marlins Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton,
Honorary Board Director Ray Casas and
Alfredo Mesa Executive Director of
Miami Marlins Foundation.



The Blind Visionary
All of Virginia’s royalties and part of the publisher’s
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.







Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received seven commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 3% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for six consecutive years 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 was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 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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