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Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ and Dedication of the Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Campus

Grand Opening of the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ and Dedication of the Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Campus

 

Learning Center Construction

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MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED BREAKS GROUND ON NEW LEARNING CENTER FOR CHILDREN

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind broke ground on a new addition to its growing campus ─ the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ ─ during a ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in collaboration with leading design and building professionals Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners and Munilla Construction Management. The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is being designed and constructed as a safe, child-oriented environment with a wide array of tactile experiences through which toddlers and young children can learn about the world around them in an engaging and fun way. Elected officials, civic leaders and education professionals participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Miami Lighthouse Board Directors and other supporters of Miami Lighthouse.

In addition to housing innovative intervention programs for youngsters from birth through four years old, the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ will provide the community with a first-of-its-kind pre-kindergarten program. Blind and visually impaired children from communities throughout Miami-Dade will attend alongside sighted classmates from the surrounding neighborhood. Miami Lighthouse is introducing this unique initiative, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition, to more easily transition blind and visually impaired students to our public schools.

Established in 1931 by Dolly Gamble under the inspiration of Helen Keller with the help of the Miami Lions and Miami Rotary Clubs, Miami Lighthouse is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida assisting persons of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. In 1935, the Miami Lions purchased a small bungalow house at 601 SW 8th Avenue, which was the foundation for expansion to our current state-of-the-art 55,000 square-foot facility. The Miami Lions Club and its Foundation continue to help Miami Lighthouse today and have contributed to this new expansion. The new facility was made possible by private donations in response to a challenge grant from a local philanthropist.

  City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado;  Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko; Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners;  Jorge Munilla, Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing  The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
 

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis;
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko;
Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Jorge Munilla,
Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

   
  Jorge and Jackie Munilla with CEO Virginia Jacko Board Director Jan Morrison, CEO Virginia Jacko and John Fumagalli, President Northern Trust
 

Jorge and Jackie Munilla with CEO Virginia Jacko.

Board Director Jan Morrison, CEO Virginia Jacko and
John Fumagalli, President Northern Trust.

   
  David Lawrence, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation; Board Director Angela Whitman; President & CEO Virginia Jacko; and Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors Lou Nostro, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict, Senator Gwen Margolis with CEO Virginia Jacko
 

David Lawrence, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation;
Board Director Angela Whitman; President & CEO Virginia Jacko;
and Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition.

Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors
Lou Nostro, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict,
Senator Gwen Margolis with CEO Virginia Jacko.

   
  Lion Greg Werra; Imran Ali, The Children’s Trust; Board Director Angela Whitman; CEO Virginia Jacko; Evelio Torres, The Early Learning Coalition; Rotarian Oliver Ruiz and Lion Reinaldo Valdes Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime.
 

Lion Greg Werra; Imran Ali, The Children’s Trust; Board Director
Angela Whitman; CEO Virginia Jacko; Evelio Torres,
The Early Learning Coalition; Rotarian Oliver Ruiz and
Lion Reinaldo Valdes.

Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County
Commissioners Jean Monestime.

   
  Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program Participant Sofia Causa-Dumay on violin with Robert Saunders, Music Program Manager, on cello Summer Training and Recreation Program Students sing the National Anthem
 

Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program Participant
Sofia Causa-Dumay on violin with Robert Saunders,
Music Program Manager, on cello.

Summer Training and Recreation Program Students
sing the National Anthem.

   
  Chairman of the Board Ramon Casas, City of Miami Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia, CEO Virginia Jacko, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Cristina Carrodeguas-Regalado and Irene White, Florida Power & Light Board Director Scott Richey, Rotarian Oliver Ruiz, City of Miami Mayor Tomas  Regalado and Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia
 

Chairman of the Board Ramon Casas, City of Miami Assistant
Fire Chief Eloy Garcia, CEO Virginia Jacko, City of Miami
Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Cristina Carrodeguas-Regalado
|and Irene White, Florida Power & Light.

Board Director Scott Richey, Rotarian Oliver Ruiz, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia.

   
  Board Director George Foyo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CEO Virginia Jacko, Mayor Tomas Regalado and Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Jorge Munilla; Munilla Construction Management; Ophelia and Juan Roca
 

Board Director George Foyo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Mayor Tomas Regalado and Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation.

Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
Jean Monestime; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen;
Jorge Munilla; Munilla Construction Management; Ophelia
and Juan Roca.

   
 
 
 


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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 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 ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eleven 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.

 

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

 

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.

   
                     

 

 

 

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Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

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