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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.

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It's Healthy Vision Month! Make your Vision Last a Lifetime

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Upcoming Events

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.

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

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. Click here  to 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.



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October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center
October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center.
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The Blind Visionary
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.











Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received six commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for seven 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 has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.









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 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'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.


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