A celebratory evening beginning with fireworks and a champagne toast, followed by an elegant five-course dinner with wine provided by El Carajo and cocktails by Bacardi was enjoyed by 350 generous supporters on Saturday, January 25th. The Presenting Sponsor was Northern Trust and the Platinum Signature Sponsor was FP&L. Co-chairs of the celebration were Scott and Karla Richey and Walter and Terri Shikany. The silent auction committee was chaired by Lourdes Collett. Instructors and students from the Miami Lighthouse's nationally-recognized Music Program performed throughout the evening.
The event, commemorating Miami Lighthouse's 90th year, highlighted the organization's founders Dolly Gamble, the Miami Lions and Rotary Clubs, and Shutts and Bowen, the law firm that drew up Miami Lighthouse's Articles of Incorporation. Elite "Lighthouse Keepers" and "90th Anniversary Jubilarians" donors were also recognized. A new matching challenge "Light the Way" to raise capital funds for expansion of the Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for ChildrenTM was announced. For more information on this challenge contact CEO Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176.
Corporate sponsors included Florida Blue, Comcast, Walgreens, Perry Ellis International, Miami Herald, Miami Kids Magazine, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Laurie Jennings served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and the keynote speaker was Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
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Miami Lighthouse has been continuously accredited by the National Accreditation Council For Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) since 1978 and The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) since 2017 distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.
Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.
Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.
Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.
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 Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)
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 received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
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 received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.
Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
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 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 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".