Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

A celebratory evening was held at the historic Biltmore Hotel

A celebratory evening beginning with fireworks and a champagne toast, followed by an elegant five- course dinner with wine provided by El Carajo and cocktails by Bacardí was enjoyed by 350 generous supporters on Saturday, January 25th. The Presenting Sponsor was Northern Trust and the Platinum Signature Sponsor was FP&L. Co-chairs of the celebration were Scott and Karla Richey and Walter and Terri Shikany. The silent auction committee was chaired by Lourdes Collett. Instructors and students from the Miami Lighthouse’s nationally-recognized Music Program performed throughout the evening.

Board Chair George Foyo; David Lawrence Jr., Chairman, The Children's Movement of Florida; President and CEO Virginia Jacko, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

The event, commemorating Miami Lighthouse’s 90th year, highlighted the organization’s founders Dolly Gamble, the Miami Lions and Rotary Clubs, and Shutts and Bowen, the law firm that drew up Miami Lighthouse’s Articles of Incorporation. Elite “Lighthouse Keepers” and “90th Anniversary Jubilarians” donors were also recognized. A new matching challenge “Light the Way” to raise capital funds for expansion of the Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ was announced. For more information on this challenge contact CEO Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176.

Corporate sponsors included Florida Blue, Comcast, Walgreens, Perry Ellis International, Miami Herald, Miami Kids Magazine, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Laurie Jennings served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and the keynote speaker was Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

90th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee: Ana Maria de la Fe, Silent Auction Chair Lourdes Collett, Linda Corey, Gala Co-Chair Karla Richey, Olga Nielson, Honorary Board Director Pam Garrison, Board Director Sheila Freed, Gala Co-Chair Terri Shikany and Board Director Angela Whitman
Immediate Past Chairman Louis Nostro with event sponsor Gunster, and John Fumagalli, President of Northern Trust Florida, Presenting Sponsor
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, 90th Anniversary Celebration Emcee Laurie Jennings with Trish and Dan Bell
Board Chair-Elect Charles Nielson, Olga Nielson and Family
90th Anniversary Celebration Co-Chairs Terri and Walter Shikany with table guests
Board Treasurer Peter Harrison, President and CEO Virginia Jacko, and Honorary Director Steven Solomon
Adolfo and Liz Henriques
Board Director Anne Helliwell and William Krekeler
Board Director Christian Infante with event sponsor SFM Services, Christina Infante, Jorge and Monica Vinals
Mitchell and Elizabeth Taylor
Jacquelyn Munilla and Alex Carrasco
Julia Valentine, Board Director Angela Whitman and Constance Collins
Honorary Board Directors William and Jan Morrison with President and CEO Virginia Jacko
Steven Marcus, Ed.D. with event sponsor Health Foundation of South Florida, Ruth Marcus, Andrea Levitt and Board Director Alan Levitt, O.D.
Mohamed Iskandarani, Barbara Alonso, Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Esq. with event sponsor Shutts & Bowen, Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens, Deedee and Mitchell Bitran
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman presents proclamation to President and CEO Virginia Jacko
Board Director Scott Richey and Karla Richey
Susan Shelley, Board Director Robin Shelley and Honorary Board Director Pam Garrison
Ada and Joseph Roisman with event sponsor Perry Ellis
Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko
Bob and Cathy Berkowitz
Victor and Georgia Lehoczky with event sponsor Walgreens
Honorary Board Director Bill Beckham with event sponsor NEA Insurance Group and Julia Beckham
Rick Sisser, Leslie Lorenzi and VP for External Relations Cameron Sisser
Marta Casas-Celaya with event sponsor Comcast and Lydia Muniz
Buck Dutton with event sponsor The Art of Shaving and Sunil Narayan
David Wallack and June Henderson with event sponsor Mango's Tropical Café
Juan Kuryla and Addys Kuryla with Platinum Signature event sponsor FP&L
Miami Lighthouse current and former students Silvio Plata and Stephany Camacho sing The Prayer
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