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José Feliciano Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert

José Feliciano Side-by-Side Concert
Celebrates 80 Years for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

The legendary José Feliciano dazzled the crowd at a sold-out dinner concert in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Miami Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving the blind and visually impaired. The event was presented by Northern Trust Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Florida Power & Light, Verdeja & De Armas, Brown & Brown of Florida and others at the historic Biltmore Hotel with United States Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, co-chair of the Congressional Vision Caucus, as mistress of ceremonies. Visionary state leaders were honored for their support during the 2011 legislative session: Senator Gwen Margolis, Senator Joe Negron, Senator Nan Rich, Representative Dennis Baxley, Representative Matt Hudson, and Ellen Navarro, Legislative Assistant. Also honored at the event were 23 Ruby Jubilarians, donors who made a significant contribution in recognition of the Miami Lighthouse’s 80th anniversary. The sixth Miami Lighthouse album, See the Light, produced in the program's own Henry Stone Music Production Studio, was released at the event.

A new $1.1 million challenge was announced which will generate over three years a total of $2.2 million to provide additional space in a new fourth floor expansion to house an Educational Empowerment Center. Naming opportunities are available for significant contributors to the incentive match in the new fourth floor facility which will provide an additional 6,000 square feet for Braille and technology literacy, programs for teenagers transitioning to post-secondary education as well as job readiness. The match applies dollar-for-dollar for gifts of $500 up to $1.1 million during the next three years. According to CEO Jacko this expansion will meet the needs of a fourteen-fold increase since the Miami Lighthouse 2006 Diamond Jubilee; now serving 9,500 individuals annually. To participate in this challenge, call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 or click to Donate Now.

Additional sponsors of the event included: KJ Arellano Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Turner & Associates, LLP, Bacardi USA, Joseph and Jessica DaGrosa, Pamela J. Garrison and Shelley D. Rutherford, Aran Eye Associates, Walter and Terri Shikany, Stamps Family Foundation, Reverend Marta Weeks and Karl Wulf; Underwriting Sponsors included Media Stage, Inc., Romero Britto, Codina Partners, United HomeCare, Williamson Cadillac, Nüage Designs, Charles Simons and Libby Trainor, Terra Group and Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables/Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay.

An energetic silent auction helped raise funds which featured a wide variety of priceless items such as: Roundtrip airfare to Washington DC, two-night stay at the JW Marriott Hotel, a personal tour of the United States capitol with U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, lunch in the Member’s Dining Room and an American flag flown over the Capitol with the winning bidders name on it; American Airlines Roundtrip Airfare and a three-night stay at Adler Fels Winery in beautiful Sonoma County made possible by International Boutique Wines; a Seven-day Norwegian Cruise; and a One-week stay in Kennebunk Beach, Maine.

For more information call Cameron Sisser, 786-362-7515 or visit www.miamilighthouse.org.

   
 

José Feliciano accepts high school diploma and speaks about Braille literacy at the Miami Lighthouse 80th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert

 
     
   
 

The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Co-Chair, Congressional Vision Caucus Mistress of Ceremonies Miami Lighthouse 80th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert Speaks about Miami Lighthouse programs

 
     
  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Nan Rich, Ellen Navarro, Representative Matt Hudson, Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Representative Dennis Baxley  
 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Nan Rich, Ellen Navarro, Representative Matt Hudson,
Chairman of the Board Michael Silva and Representative Dennis Baxley

 
     
Board Director Jose Abrante and Chairman of the Board Michael Silva  

Dan and Trish Bell with CEO Virginia Jacko

  Mayor Jim Cason and Carmen Cason

Board Director Jose Abrante and
Chairman of the Board Michael Silva

 

Dan and Trish Bell with CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Mayor Jim Cason and Carmen Cason

         
Honorary Director Agustin Arellano Sr., CEO Virginia Jacko and Tete Arellano   Legal Counsel Emeritus Preston Prevatt, Dottie Prevatt, Board Director Ray Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, Dick and Ginger Mead

Honorary Director Agustin Arellano Sr.,
CEO Virginia Jacko and Tete Arellano

 

Legal Counsel Emeritus Preston Prevatt, Dottie Prevatt,
Board Director Ray Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, Dick and Ginger Mead

     
Commissioner Sally Heyman, CEO Virginia Jacko and Senator Nan Rich   Stanley and Joanne Tate

Commissioner Sally Heyman, CEO Virginia Jacko and
Senator Nan Rich

 

Stanley and Joanne Tate

     
Phillis Oeters and Beatrice Gonzalez   Penny Shaffer and CEO Virginia Jacko

Phillis Oeters and Beatrice Gonzalez

 

CEO Virginia Jacko and Penny Shaffer

     
Board Director Bill Roy and Honorary Director Susan Kelley  

Board Director Donna Blaustein and Dr. Arnold Blaustein

  Board Director Owen Freed and Sheila Freed

Board Director Bill Roy and
Honorary Director Susan Kelley

 

Board Director Donna Blaustein and
Dr. Arnold Blaustein

 

Board Director Owen Freed and
Sheila Freed

         
Luci Aran, Dr. Alberto Aran, members of the Florida Optometric Association and guests   Jose Feliciano sings Para Decir Adios with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Better Chance Music Production Program graduate Natalia Sulca

Luci Aran, Dr. Alberto Aran, Dr. Andrew Wiles, Dr. Emilio Balius, Dr. Alan Levitt,
Dr. Adam Stelzer and guests

 

José Feliciano sings Para Decir Adios
 with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Better Chance Music Production Program
graduate Natalia Sulca

     
Ruby Jubilee Chairpersons Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva  

Board Director Ray Casas and Ali Casas

  Board Director Bill Beckham and Julia Beckham

Ruby Jubilee Chairpersons
Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva

 

Board Director Ray Casas and Ali Casas

 

Board Director Bill Beckham and
Julia Beckham

         
Congressman David Rivera, Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and Clemente Canabal   Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jose Feliciano and Harriet Carter

Congressman David Rivera, Doral Councilwoman
Ana Maria Rodriguez and Clemente Canabal

 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, José Feliciano and
Harriet Carter

     
Mike and Christine Hudson, Representative Matt Hudson and Jennifer Guy   Senator Nan Rich and Ellen Navarro

Mike and Christine Hudson, Representative Matt Hudson and Jennifer Guy

 

Senator Nan Rich and Ellen Navarro

     
Board Director Kent Benedict and Erika Benedict  

Board Director David Turner and Deanna-Marie Jurgens

  Board Director Dr. Alan and Andrea Levitt

Board Director Kent Benedict and
Erika Benedict

 

Board Director David Turner and
Deanna-Marie Jurgens

 

Board Director Dr. Alan and Andrea Levitt

         
Jeannie Reinoso, Board Director Humberto Gonzalez and Isabel Chica   Henry and Inez Stone

Jeannie Reinoso, Board Director Humberto Gonzalez and
Isabel Chica

 

Henry and Inez Stone

     
Board Director Ed Joyce, Board Director Scott Sime and Belinda Sime   Board Director Gloria Martin and CEO Virginia Jacko

Board Director Ed Joyce, Board Director Scott Sime and
Belinda Sime

 

Board Director Gloria Martin and
CEO Virginia Jacko

     
  Robert and Virginia Jacko  
 

Robert and Virginia Jacko

 
     
  Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Staff Members  
 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Staff Members

 
     
  Entrance to the Dinner Concert at the Biltmore Hotel  
 

Entrance to the Dinner Concert at the Biltmore Hotel

 
     
 
 



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