85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration
Benefits Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
Join Miami’s most influential philanthropists and business and civic leaders who will gather on Saturday, January 28, 2017, as Miami Lighthouse celebrates 85 years of service to the blind and visually impaired. The celebration gala is presented by Northern Trust along with Platinum Signature Sponsor Florida Power & Light and Entertainment Sponsor Florida Blue.
The black tie event will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and music by Nationally recognized Miami Lighthouse musicians. The event is co-chaired by Ali & Ray Casas and Janet & Louis Nostro, joined by an enthusiastic committee of Lighthouse friends and supporters.
Individual tickets are $600, and tables of ten range from $6,000 to $15,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call 786-362-7515 for more information.
Proceeds from the 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration will support the many programs and services for blind and visually impaired program participants of all ages, as well as providing eye examinations and glasses to thousands of underprivileged schoolchildren throughout the State via Miami Lighthouse’s subsidiary the Heiken Children’s Vision Program.
About Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Founded in 1931 as the Florida Association of Workers for the Blind, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has changed more than just its name during its 85-year history as Florida’s premier rehabilitation organization of serving the blind. Miami Lighthouse now serves nearly 15,000 people each year and reaches and additional 3,300 through community education and outreach programs. With the merger of the Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association’s Dr. Bruce Heiken Memorial Fund in 2007, the mission was expanded to include comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses for underserved schoolchildren throughout Florida using our fleet of mobile eye care units and network of optometrists. Miami Lighthouse has received nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. Among the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated, only 39 nonprofits are in the top 1%. There is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction.