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2024 Music Under the Stars

2022 Music Under the Stars Invitation

Help support our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program as we celebrate our 32nd anniversary of providing comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses at no cost to underprivileged schoolchildren throughout the State of Florida.

Are you ready to be serenaded by Miami Lighthouse's award winning musicians while enjoying delectable culinary treats? If so, you will not want to miss our 17th Annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami on Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00PM-9:00PM at Miami Lighthouse (601 SW 8th Ave.).

2024 Music Under the Stars Invitation

This year's event honors Dr. Jose L. Dotres, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. We will also be recognizing Our Florida State Government Champions: Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez, Senator Bryan Avila, Representative Demi Busatta Cabrera and Representative David Borrero. There will be a Special Memorial Tribute to Dr. Murray Heiken and the event will be Emceed by Olga Villaverde, TV Host of The Health Channel and The Balancing Act.

The event also features the sensational sounds of our very own award-winning Miami Lighthouse Band with special guest performances by Miami Lighthouse Board Director Rodrick Miller, CEO The Beacon Council and Norby Rudel, President Rotary Club of Miami.

2024 Music Under the Stars Sponsors

Our generous sponsors include ABB Optical Group, Publix Super Markets Charities, FP&L, Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Bizitss, Choice Waste, Grove Bank & Trust, Rotary Club of Miami, H. Angela Whitman Foundation, Miami-Dade Optometric Physicians Association, Miami Kids Magazine, Community Newspapers, Monster Sound Productions, Biz Solutions, Susan Conroy Design, Perry Ellis International, Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc., and more.

Our fabulous restaurant and beverage sponsors include Knights of Columbus providing Paella Campesina, Perricone's, Flannigan's, Season's 52, Roaster's and Toaster's, Sport's Grill, El Carajo, E11even Vodka, Eagle Brands and more.


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


AER accredited

Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 consecutive 4-star ratings 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.

The Children's Trust

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.


Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)


Florida Blue Foundation

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.

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

Marlins Charity Partner

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

Health Foundation of South Florida

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

Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".


ABLE United

Miami Lighthouse is proud to be a strategic partner with ABLE United, Florida's disability savings program, to learn more visit


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