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MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED BREAKS GROUND ON NEW LEARNING CENTER FOR CHILDREN

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind broke ground on a new addition to its growing campus ─ the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ ─ during a ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in collaboration with leading design and building professionals Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners and Munilla Construction Management. The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is being designed and constructed as a safe, child-oriented environment with a wide array of tactile experiences through which toddlers and young children can learn about the world around them in an engaging and fun way. Elected officials, civic leaders and education professionals participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Miami Lighthouse Board Directors and other supporters of Miami Lighthouse.

In addition to housing innovative intervention programs for youngsters from birth through four years old, the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ will provide the community with a first-of-its-kind pre-kindergarten program. Blind and visually impaired children from communities throughout Miami-Dade will attend alongside sighted classmates from the surrounding neighborhood. Miami Lighthouse is introducing this unique initiative, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition, to more easily transition blind and visually impaired students to our public schools.

Established in 1931 by Dolly Gamble under the inspiration of Helen Keller with the help of the Miami Lions and Miami Rotary Clubs, Miami Lighthouse is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida assisting persons of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. In 1935, the Miami Lions purchased a small bungalow house at 601 SW 8th Avenue, which was the foundation for expansion to our current state-of-the-art 55,000 square-foot facility. The Miami Lions Club and its Foundation continue to help Miami Lighthouse today and have contributed to this new expansion. The new facility was made possible by private donations in response to a challenge grant from a local philanthropist.

  City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado;  Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko; Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners;  Jorge Munilla, Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing  The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
 

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis;
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko;
Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Jorge Munilla,
Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

   
  Jorge and Jackie Munilla with CEO Virginia Jacko Board Director Jan Morrison, CEO Virginia Jacko and John Fumagalli, President Northern Trust
 

Jorge and Jackie Munilla with CEO Virginia Jacko.

Board Director Jan Morrison, CEO Virginia Jacko and
John Fumagalli, President Northern Trust.

   
  David Lawrence, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation; Board Director Angela Whitman; President & CEO Virginia Jacko; and Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors Lou Nostro, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict, Senator Gwen Margolis with CEO Virginia Jacko
 

David Lawrence, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation;
Board Director Angela Whitman; President & CEO Virginia Jacko;
and Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition.

Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors
Lou Nostro, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict,
Senator Gwen Margolis with CEO Virginia Jacko.

   
  Lion Greg Werra; Imran Ali, The Children’s Trust; Board Director Angela Whitman; CEO Virginia Jacko; Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition; Rotarian Oliver Ruiz and Lion Reinaldo Valdes Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime.
 

Lion Greg Werra; Imran Ali, The Children’s Trust; Board Director
Angela Whitman; CEO Virginia Jacko; Evelio Torres,
The Early Learning Coalition; Rotarian Oliver Ruiz and
Lion Reinaldo Valdes.

Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County
Commissioners Jean Monestime.

   
  Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program Participant Sofia Causa-Dumay on violin with Robert Saunders, Music Program Manager, on cello Summer Training and Recreation Program Students sing the National Anthem
 

Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program Participant
Sofia Causa-Dumay on violin with Robert Saunders,
Music Program Manager, on cello.

Summer Training and Recreation Program Students
sing the National Anthem.

   
  Chairman of the Board Ramon Casas, City of Miami Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia, CEO Virginia Jacko, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Cristina Carrodeguas-Regalado and Irene White, Florida Power & Light Board Director Scott Richey, Rotarian Oliver Ruiz, City of Miami Mayor Tomas  Regalado and Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia
 

Chairman of the Board Ramon Casas, City of Miami Assistant
Fire Chief Eloy Garcia, CEO Virginia Jacko, City of Miami
Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Cristina Carrodeguas-Regalado
|and Irene White, Florida Power & Light.

Board Director Scott Richey, Rotarian Oliver Ruiz, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia.

   
  Board Director George Foyo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CEO Virginia Jacko, Mayor Tomas Regalado and Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Jorge Munilla; Munilla Construction Management; Ophelia and Juan Roca
 

Board Director George Foyo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Mayor Tomas Regalado and Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation.

Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
Jean Monestime; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen;
Jorge Munilla; Munilla Construction Management; Ophelia
and Juan Roca.

   
 
 



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STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12


  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
    - Madisleny, age 11


  • We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
    I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
    - Taknighis, age 12


 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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