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.
Click here to view the Sapphire
It's Healthy Vision Month! Make your Vision Last a
To read the Florida Blue e-newsletter commentary by Virginia Jacko,
please click here
Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and
January 28th, 2016 McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
On Thursday, January 28th, Miami Lighthouse will continue a long
tradition by recognizing its 2015 client donors and other
volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization
at the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
November 12th, 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.
In the News
Lighthouse helps launch Spanish version of Comcast’s Xfinity Talking Guide
Roxanne Vargas talks to Thomas J. Wlodkowski, VP of Accessibility for
Comcast about the Xfinity talking guide and how it is making life easier
for the visually impaired. Click
here to watch the video.
Miami Lighthouse Among Top 2% Of Nonprofits In The Nation
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has is in the top two
percent of U.S. charities, receiving its eighth consecutive 4-star rating,
the highest rating possible, from Charity Navigator in recognition of its
ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.
Miami Lighthouse celebrates 85th anniversary with exhibit by blind artists
Victor Brown stood before a crowd attending Miami Lighthouse’s 85th
anniversary at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)
building. He couldn’t see the audience, but they could see him. Brown grew
up with a detached retina, at first leaving him visually impaired and
later blind. He’s been attending Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and
Visually Impaired in Little Havana for more than eight years. Brown’s
woven American flag, made with macrame yarn and stretching at about five
feet, lay on display at MCAD along with other arts pieces by other blind
Miami Lighthouse clients. The exhibit runs through Oct. 17.
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.