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Florida Blue Names Miami Lighthouse Winner of 2015 Sapphire Award
Miami Lighthouse was honored at the Florida Blue Foundation’s 2015
Sapphire Awards as an outstanding nonprofit organization in community
health care in recognition of distinguished leadership, innovation and
achievements in community health. Penny Shaffer, Market President at
Florida Blue, said "The Sapphire Awards embody our desire to recognize
excellence among organizations, programs and individuals that have made a
significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida's
at-risk people and communities. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has
demonstrated excellence and serves as a model for others to emulate
addressing their community's needs with unmatched dedication and courage."
Finalists were selected by an independent panel of experts with state and
national expertise in community health best practices. The announcement
was at the Sapphire Awards Symposium luncheon on April 23, 2015. Miami
Lighthouse is honored to have received such distinguished recognition.
It's Healthy Vision Month! Make your Vision Last a Lifetime
To read the Florida Blue e-newsletter commentary by Virginia Jacko,
Please click here.
Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and
November 12, 2015 See the Light Luncheon
Celebrate the kickoff of 85 years of service to the blind and
visually impaired community as more than 200 of South Florida’s
philanthropists and community leaders will attend the See the
Light Luncheon at Riviera Country Club on November 12th 2015.
November 12, 2016 The 85th Jubilee Gala
The Grand Celebration of the 85th anniversary of Miami
Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving
the blind and visually impaired, will take place at the historic
Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on November 12th 2016.
August 26, 2015 Eighth Annual Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ophthalmologists Reception at Miami Lighthouse
Join us on August 26th, where Bascom Palmer faculty,
residents and fellows along with Miami Lighthouse Board
Directors gather for an informative evening at Miami Lighthouse
featuring presentations by Chair of Bascom Palmer Dr. Eduardo
Alfonso, Dr. Harry Flynn and Dr. Scott Gartner.
to view the invitation.
September 18, 2015 YPOL Host Miami Lighthouse Chicken
Championship – Wing Eating Contest
Join the Young Professionals of the Lighthouse on September
18th for a Chicken Championship Wing Eating Contest. Proceeds
will benefit the Miami Lighthouse Music Program.
to view the invitation.
October 5, 2015 Miami-Dade Optometric Physicians Association Monthly Meeting Sponsored by Essilor USA
Members of the Miami-Dade Optometric Physicians Association (MDOPA) will hold their October meeting at Miami Lighthouse on October 5, 2015 generously sponsored by Essilor USA.
In the News
Bionic Eye a Success
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired is proud to have
played an integral role in the remarkable story of Carmen Torres' "bionic
eye," reported in the August 1 article "Letting the light in with new
bionic eye." The Lighthouse's Chief Program Officer, Carol Brady-Simmons,
and Occupational & Low Vision Therapist Raquel Van Der Biest worked with
Torres after the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was implanted at
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Blind Children play Beep Baseball with Help from the Miami Marlins and
Many children dream of playing pro baseball or football, but for blind
and visually impaired children, those dreams can be out of reach. In
tonight's special report, Beep Baseball, 7's Craig Stevens opens our eyes
and ears to a new spin on a classic sport that has dreams coming through
loud and clear.
Visually-impaired students tour Marlins Park
Children from the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind got a hands-on tour
of the baseball stadium. The group were able to hold baseball bats, sit in
the home dugout and hit the field.
2015 Young Professionals of the Lighthouse (YPOL) host “Miami Lighthouse
Legislative Luncheon” Underwritten by All Aboard Florida
The Young Professionals of the Lighthouse hosted the annual
Legislative Luncheon on July 1st, honoring Miami Lighthouse champions in
the Florida Legislature during the recent legislative session.
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visit the full summary.
Miami Lighthouse Received Beacon Award in Education
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired was recognized at
the 13th Annual Beacon Awards on April 2, 2015, presented by the Beacon
Council. Miami Lighthouse was selected as the recipient of the Beacon
Award in Education. Beacon Council Chair Donna Abood noted that "Miami
Lighthouse is both an employer and enables the visually impaired to be
employed, and helps drive Miami's economic engine through capital
improvement projects." We are honored to receive this recognition and
express our sincere gratitude to the Beacon Council and our community.
Click here to watch Virginia Jacko’s interview for the Beacon Award.