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to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

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Music Under the Stars

2014 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND SEVENTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

More than 200 guests gathered for “Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” on Wednesday, April 30th. School officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community to celebrate over 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 80,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care.

Guests dined on delicacies from OTC Restaurant, Whisk, City Hall The Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace, Chocolate Fashion, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo International Tapas & Wine and more, while enjoying drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Rex Goliath Wine. The night also featured a wonderful silent auction, which included fabulous getaway trips, certificates for fine dining, jewelry and exclusive art.

Special recognition was given to the Marlins Foundation and Marlins Ayudan, three generations of Harrison Family board leadership including participation in the founding of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute by Miami Lighthouse, and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. The event was emceed by Nicole Maristany Krauss, Media and Communications Manager at Publix Super Markets, Inc. Guests also enjoyed a special appearance by Latin Grammy award winner Paul Hoyle, backed up by musicians from the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™.

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor ABB Optical Group, Perfect Sight Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities, Baptist Health South Florida and Brown & Brown Insurance, Clear Vision Sponsors BB&T and Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Healthy Eyes Sponsors GrayRobinson, Williamson Automotive, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, VSP Optics Group and Signet Armorlite. Thanks to Perry Ellis International for providing custom made guayaberas that our musicians wore throughout the night.

Restaurant sponsors included City Hall Restaurant, OTC Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, El Carajo International Tapas & Wine, Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, GB Catering, Nestle Coffee-mate and Dr. Barry Burak Crepe Maker.

2013 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND SIXTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS EVENT BENEFITS HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

On May 22nd legislators, school officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community to celebrate over 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 75,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care.

Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami attendees enjoyed musical performances by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ students, instructors and special guests, food from great Miami area restaurants, beverages by Miami Club Rum and El Carajo International Tapas & Wine and a silent auction which offered fabulous getaway trips, jewelry and exclusive art. Thanks to Perry Ellis International the Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians wore custom made guayaberas in the musically themed venues throughout Miami Lighthouse.

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor DLA Piper, Perry Ellis International, Florida Power & Light, Publix Super Markets Charities, Northern Trust Bank, Baptist Health South Florida, Commissioner Sally Heyman, GrayRobinson, Williamson Cadillac, Montica Jewelry, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, VSP Optics Group and Mobile Specialty Vehicles. Restaurant sponsors included City Hall Restaurant, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, West Kendall Baptist Hospital Catering, GB Catering and Dr. Barry Burak Crepe Maker.

2012 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

JOSÉ FELICIANO GUEST PERFORMANCE BENEFITS
HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM

Legislators, school officials and community leaders joined the Miami eye care community April 20th to celebrate 20 years of free eye examinations for more than 65,000 children in need who failed their school vision screening but had no resources for eye care; 75% of these children required prescription glasses and received them at no cost to their family because of the nationally-recognized Miami Lighthouse for the Blind division, Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, LLC.

The event was emceed by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and began with M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho reading a letter from President Obama recognizing the program on 20 years of service. Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich were honored as they complete their service in the Florida legislature. State Senator Gwen Margolis read a resolution she introduced during the 2012 legislative session.

Board Chairman Michael A. Silva, Esq. presented guest musician José Feliciano with an honorary Board of Directors certificate. Alongside José Feliciano, the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians entertained guests with a wonderful performance and debuted their latest album “The Big Band Classics and More."

The event was presented by 20/20 Vision Sponsor contact lens distributor and manufacturer ABB Concise and other sponsors included Florida Power and Light, Baptist Health South Florida, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Media Stage.

Beverages were provided by Bacardi USA and food was provided by local restaurants which included Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace & Café, Gibraltar at The Grove Isle Hotel and Spa, Chocolate Fashion, Starbucks Coffee Company, Berries in the Grove, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, and Tamarind Thai Restaurant.

2011 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its fourth annual “Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” on April 27th to benefit its Heiken Children’s Vision Program. “Over 400 needy children in Miami-Dade County Schools, who without this program do not have the resources to get an eye exam and glasses when prescribed, will receive a comprehensive eye examination and necessary eyeglasses underwritten by the proceeds from this event. Without this intervention, they would continue to struggle in school to see the board and read their assignment,” said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. This past year 6,500 low-income schoolchildren who failed their state-mandated vision screening received a free eye examination, and 75% of them required prescription glasses, which were also provided at no cost.

Over 200 community eye care providers, other professionals and philanthropists attended the elegant, tuneful evening featuring live jazz and pop by the talented Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians. Special recognition was given to Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools Alberto Carvalho and Dr. Lillian Rivera of the Florida Department of Health for their collaboration with the Heiken Program and to the foundations and individuals that support the program. Lynn Martinez, Anchor WSVN-7 News, was the evening’s emcee. The event included delicious samplings from Miami area restaurants and a wonderful silent auction.

Also recognized at the 2011 “Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami” were corporate sponsors Baptist Health South Florida, Essilor Laboratories of America, Transitions Optical, SMF Energy Corporation, Essilor of America, Low VisionAids Inc., Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services, GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law, Verdeja & De Armas Certified Public Accountants, VSP Labs, DadePaper, and Kodak Lens by Signet Armorlite along with food and beverage sponsors Gibraltar, Casa Juancho, Perricone’s Marketplace, Starbucks Coffee, El Carajo, Chocolate Fashion, Grazie Italian Cuisine, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Gulf Discount Liquors & Wine Merchants, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, CA Catering, Costco, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Crepe Station courtesy of Dr. Barry Burak and Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc.

2010 Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami

Our third annual fundraiser in support of the Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children’s Vision program Music Under the Stars… Bon Appétit Miami took place on Wednesday evening, April 28.

We extend appreciation to our generous sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLP, SMF Energy Corporation, Essilor of America, Essilor Laboratories of America, Brown and Brown Insurance, Transitions Optical, Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services, New Image Productions, Magnifying Center, and Florida Reading & Vision Technology.

We also thank our participating restaurants and beverage providers Gulf Spirits & Wine Merchants, Gordon Biersch, Casa Larios, Zucchero Ristorante Bistro, C.A. & Company Catering, Starbucks, Chocolate Fashion, Archie’s Gourmet, and crepe station courtesy of Dr. Barry Burak.  

2009 Music Under the Stars…A Taste of Brickell

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2008 Music Under the Stars: A Taste of Brickell

On April 30, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind hosted Music Under the Stars: A Taste of Brickell. This inaugural event, held at the Lighthouse, benefited its Children’s Vision Care Program, a mobile outreach program that provides free eye care services to school children in need.

Friends and donors were treated to culinary delights prepared by Brickell area restaurants including Morton’s the Steakhouse, Blu Pizza é Cucina, Perricone’s Marketplace, Gordon Biersch, Rosinella, Baja Fresh and Provence Grill. Musical entertainment was provided by Latin Tenor Warren Tesh, international violinist Randolph Margitza, and the talented Miami Lighthouse musicians.

To top the night off, legendary music producer Henry Stone presented CEO Virginia Jacko with the first royalty check from sales of “Instrumental Magic,” the first album produced by Stone since completing vision rehabilitation at Miami Lighthouse, and featuring saxophonist Jeff Zavac, a current client at the Lighthouse.

The event was sponsored by Ambutech, Eschenbach Optik, Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Mobile Specialty Vehicles, Southern Wine & Spirits, and AMC Liaisons/Rain Vodka.

 

 
 
   
   
   

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.