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Virtual SEE THE LIGHT Lunch
October 29th 2020

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2020 See The Light Lunch Video

Miami Lighthouse's annual signature event, our "SEE THE LIGHT" Luncheon, is one of our most important fundraising opportunities during the year. In past years, we've welcomed over 250 guests from our philanthropic family to a luncheon with music, entertainment and heartfelt remarks from program participants.

In keeping with the times of social distancing we are going virtual, so instead of 250 guests in a ballroom, we can now have unlimited attendees. Visit this web page on October 29th we will have a 30 minute program at 12:00pm featuring an exclusive performance by Latin superstar Willy Chirino and Chirino Sisters. We will also feature students in our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™, Miami Lighthouse client Marin Baumer and a few more surprises!

CLICK HERE to view our Virtual See The Lunch page.


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind enthusiastically visited each presidential candidate's website to find out more about them prior to the first Democratic Debate held in Miami in June. Not one website – Democrat or Republican – was fully accessible for a blind or visually impaired person to navigate. See the full scores and methodology here.


Visually impaired adapt to distance learning
Read how distance learning has become a crucial element of education during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling students to continue their studies while practicing social separation. Click here to read the Op-ed in The Miami Herald authored by President and CEO Virginia Jacko.

Miami Lighthouse featured in the iconic Wall Street Journal
When Virginia Jacko began losing her eyesight in her 40s, she left her job as a senior financial executive at a university and enrolled in a vocational-rehabilitation program. Using new technology, she was soon able to use a spreadsheet, read a financial statement and even pick out matching clothes.

‘I think of myself as a CEO who happens to be blind.’ Miami Lighthouse CEO honored globally.
CEO Virginia Jacko was recently selected by the Viscardi Center as one of 10 recipients around the world of the 2019 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. The awards honor “leaders in the global disability community,” who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. To read the Miami Herald article click here.

Miami Lighthouse has received ten consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read the full press release and you can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

2020 Virtual See the Light Luncheon

In case you missed our Virtual See the Light Luncheon, click here to watch the program video!

2020 Virtual White Cane Day

In case you missed our Virtual White Cane Day, click here to watch the great performance!

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It’s Possible to Exercise Without Sight Videos

Our Senior Group Activities program is taking exercise online. View our Blind Time Workouts here.

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Help us reach even more seniors so they can stay active in isolation.

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Parent Testimonials

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful work that you do with my son Erick. May God bless him."
- Greila

"Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has changed the lives of my family and our daughter. Without your support and constant encouragement, raising an infant who is visually impaired would be overwhelming, scary and clouded with sadness. Instead, our family feels privileged to be able to be a part of this incredible organization, thanks to our daughter. She is currently enrolled at the school and has participated in the infant programs - the effort and individual attention you provide to the families and students goes beyond an individual job description and salary - the drive comes solely from their passion to service those who are often overlooked in our society. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication."
- Lisa Jess



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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


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".

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 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.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

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.


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.


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