Music Under the Stars
2012 Music Under the Stars… Bon
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
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
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
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.
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 &
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.
Under the Stars…A Taste of Brickell
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Heiken Children’s Vision program.
Under the Stars: A Taste of Brickell
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.
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.