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2014 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Friday February 14th, Valentine’s Day, Miami Lighthouse held the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, continuing a long tradition by recognizing our 2013 volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization. Every year Honorary Board Director David McCrea generously underwrites the volunteer recognition event so that those who dedicate themselves to crucial services to the blind may be recognized for their commitment and hard work.

The lunch began with a welcome by President and CEO Virginia Jacko followed by Betty Tucker, a Miami Lighthouse volunteer, who recited the poem “Why be a Volunteer?” After enjoying lunch, Honorary Board Director David B. McCrea spoke to the guests about the spirit of volunteerism. The honorees at this year’s event were Edith La Riva, Lion Dilma Rodrigues, Susie Wahab and Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors. David B. McCrea was also recognized in appreciation of his and his family’s continuing support.

The program concluded with Lion Alan Campbell presenting a check to Miami Lighthouse on behalf of the Lions for the Blind.

We are deeply grateful to all volunteers and supporters who dedicate their volunteer efforts to Miami Lighthouse and its mission.

  Miami Lighthouse Board Directors (from left to right): Gloria Martin, Scott Richey and son, Angela Whitman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Carmen Perez-Blanco, Hopnorary Director David McCrea, Steven Solomon, Deborah Montilla, Stephen Morris, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens and Anne Helliwell.  
 

Miami Lighthouse Board Directors (from left to right): Gloria Martin, Scott Richey and son, Angela Whitman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Carmen Perez-Blanco, Hopnorary Director David McCrea, Steven Solomon, Deborah Montilla, Stephen Morris, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens and Anne Helliwell.

 
     
  President & CEO Virginia Jacko and Honorary Board Director David B. McCrea.  
 

President & CEO Virginia Jacko and Honorary Board Director David B. McCrea.

 
     
  President & CEO Virginia Jacko, Coordinator of Arts & Crafts Nelbra Gonzalez and Honoree Susie Wahab.  
 

President & CEO Virginia Jacko, Coordinator of Arts & Crafts Nelbra Gonzalez and Honoree Susie Wahab.

 
     
  President & CEO Virginia Jacko, Coordinator of Arts & Crafts Nelbra Gonzalez, Honoree Lion Dilma Rodrigues and Honoree Edith La Riva.  
 

President & CEO Virginia Jacko, Coordinator of Arts & Crafts Nelbra Gonzalez, Honoree Lion Dilma Rodrigues and Honoree Edith La Riva.

 
     
     

2013 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Thursday February 14th, Valentine’s Day, Miami Lighthouse continued a long tradition by recognizing its 2012 client donors and other volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization at the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Luncheon. Every year Honorary Board Director David McCrea generously underwrites the annual volunteer recognition event so that those who dedicate themselves to crucial services to the blind may receive their due praise.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Agustin Arellano Jr., gave welcome remarks followed by Miami Lighthouse Instructor Oseas de Leon reciting a Valentine’s poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Honorees at this year’s event were Cesar Giral, M.D., Honorary Board Director Ray Casas and Hebert Klein. Other participants included District Governor Juan Tejera and other members of the Lions leadership and Lauren Firtel representing the University of Miami Delta Gamma sorority. Tenor Michael Tota concluded the lunch with two wonderful songs and our deepest appreciation goes to all volunteers and supporters who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support Miami Lighthouse programming. Photos courtesy of Marcelo Salup.

Honorary Board Director David McCrea  speaks about the spirit of volunteerism   Honorary Board Director Honoree Ray Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.

Honorary Board Director David McCrea speaks
about the spirit of volunteerism

 

Honorary Board Director Honoree Ray Casas,
CEO Virginia Jacko, and
Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.

     
Client Volunteer Honoree Herbert Klein, CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.   Volunteer Honoree Cesar Giral, M.D., CEO Virginia Jacko and Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.

Client Volunteer Honoree Herbert Klein,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.

 

Volunteer Honoree Cesar Giral, M.D., CEO Virginia Jacko and
Chairman of the Board Agustin Arellano Jr.

     

2012 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Tuesday February 14th, Valentine’s Day, Miami Lighthouse continued a long tradition by recognizing its 2011 client donors and other volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization at the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Luncheon. The McCrea family began its legacy of Miami Lighthouse volunteerism in the 1930’s when Helen Sloan McCrea devoted herself to the mission of serving the blind.

Tenor Raymundo Antomarchi sang "Nessun Dorma,” the famous tenor aria from Puccini's Turandot, as a vocal tribute to the Board of Directors. Hugo Meneses and Myra Diaz, Luz Rosenfeld and Charles Dunn were recognized as the top three 2011 grateful client donors. Other individuals who believe in and support the mission of Miami Lighthouse received special recognition: Hector Patino, Lenor Ryan from the Shops at Midtown Miami, Maria Perez from Essilor Laboratories of America, Karina Barrera and Marcella Gutierrez from Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market and volunteers from Delta Gamma Sorority. Other participants included District Governor Diana Castillo and other members of the Lions leadership and Michelle Levy, District Administrator, Division of Blind Services.

Our deep appreciation goes to all volunteers and supporters who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, especially to the McCrea family. Every year Honorary Board Director David McCrea generously underwrites the annual volunteer recognition event so that those who dedicate themselves to crucial services to the blind may receive their due praise.

Jessica Cerda-Antomarchi, Luz Rosenfeld, CEO Virginia Jacko, Hugo Meneses and Myra Diaz   Maria Perez, Lenor Ryan, CEO Virginia Jacko, Hector Patino and Jessica Cerda-Antomarchi

Luz Rosenfeld, CEO Virginia Jacko, Hugo Meneses
and Myra Diaz

 

Maria Perez, Lenor Ryan, CEO Virginia Jacko,
and Hector Patino

     
Lions District 35-N Governor Diana Castillo, Martin Murphy, CEO Virginia Jacko, Vice District Governor Juan Tejera and guest   CEO Virginia Jacko, Michelle Levy, District Administrator, Division of Blind Services and staff

Lions District 35-N Governor Diana Castillo, Martin Murphy,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Vice District Governor Juan Tejera and guest

 

CEO Virginia Jacko, Michelle Levy, District Administrator,
Division of Blind Services and staff

     

2011 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Monday February 14th, Valentine’s Day, Miami Lighthouse showed its love by honoring the Board of Directors and its many volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization, giving special recognition to the McCrea Family Foundation for their legacy of volunteerism and generosity. Every year the McCrea Family generously underwrites the annual volunteer recognition event so that those who dedicate themselves to crucial services to the blind may receive their due praise. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award recipient was Lion Alan Campbell and all Lions who are committed to the mission of Miami Lighthouse. A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Campbell came to Miami in 1984 and founded Camco Cable Service, the oldest and largest private cable company in Florida, which he continues to actively manage. With the closing for the Lions Home for the Blind in 2006, Lion Campbell was the catalyst for thirty of their program participants to join Miami Lighthouse. Through the Lions, he continues to solicit funds for participants in our Social Group Activities Program. A member of Lions Club International for 40 years, today he serves as Vice-President of the Coral Gables Lions Club and Secretary-Treasurer of Lions for the Blind. Our deep appreciation goes to all volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, especially to the McCrea family.

  Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, David McCrea, Virginia Jacko, Michael Silva, Owen Freed, Rosa Rivera, Charles Nielson  
 

Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, David McCrea, Virginia Jacko, Michael Silva, Owen Freed, Rosa Rivera, Charles Nielson.

 
     
     

2010 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On April 8th, Miami Lighthouse honored the Board of Directors and its many volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization, giving special recognition to the McCrea Family Foundation for their legacy of volunteerism and generosity. Every year the McCrea Family generously underwrites the annual volunteer recognition event so that those who dedicate themselves to crucial services to the blind may receive their due praise. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award recipient was Gert Stein. A native of New York, Mr. Stein was first introduced to the Miami Lighthouse by his mother, a former vision rehabilitation client. In January 2009, Mr. Stein followed his mother’s footsteps and became a client at the Miami Lighthouse. He graduated from the program five months later and became a dedicated volunteer primarily in Arts and Crafts and the Solutions Store. He then became an active member of the White Cane Day Committee for which he raised many donations. Our deep appreciation goes to all volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, especially to the McCrea family.

  David McCrea, Luncheon Sponsor  
 

David McCrea, Luncheon Sponsor.

 
     
  Gert Stein is presented Volunteer of the Year Award by Chairman Owen Freed.  
 

Gert Stein is presented Volunteer of the Year Award by Chairman Owen Freed.

 
     
     

2009 McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On April 2nd, The Junior League of Miami was honored as “Volunteers of the Year” at the 2009 McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired "Little Lighthouse,” a popular community project, has benefitted for nearly three years from the Junior League volunteers’ facilitation of playgroups and participation in activities meant to further develop the skills of the children and parents in the Blind Babies Program. League volunteers also provide social support through weekly sessions with blind and visually impaired children.

  David B. McCrea, Esq., Miami Lighthouse Honorary Board Director; Owen S. Freed, Esq., Miami Lighthouse Board Chairman; Virginia A. Jacko, Miami Lighthouse President and CEO; and Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D., Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO.  
 

David B. McCrea, Esq., Miami Lighthouse Honorary Board Director;
Owen S. Freed, Esq., Miami Lighthouse Board Chairman; Virginia A. Jacko,
Miami Lighthouse President and CEO; and Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D.,
Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO.

 
     
  Members of the Junior League of Miami receive recognition as 2009 Miami Lighthouse Volunteers of the Year.  
 

Members of the Junior League of Miami receive recognition
as 2009 Miami Lighthouse Volunteers of the Year.

 
     
 
 



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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.

 

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Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

   
   
 
 

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