Ruby Jubilee 80th Anniversary Celebration
Benefits Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7 p.m.
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
More than 400 of Miami’s most influential philanthropists and business and civic leaders will gather on Saturday, November 12, 2011 as Miami Lighthouse marks 80 years of service to the blind and visually impaired community. Presented by Northern Trust, the 80th Ruby Jubilee Dinner Concert, emceed by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is sure to add to a spectacular 80th Anniversary Celebration.
The black tie event will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Eight-time Grammy Award-winner and recipient of Billboard Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, legendary guitarist Jose Feliciano will take the stage alongside Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ Musicians during the special dinner concert sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Proceeds from the Ruby Jubilee Celebration will support the many nationally recognized programs and services to 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.
Leading this year’s Ruby Jubilee Committee are Ruby Jubilee Chairpersons Michael A. Silva and Lisa Pisciotta. A focal point of the evening will be the recognition of the Ruby Jubilarians, donors with a new or current commitment of $80,000 or more, and visionary state leaders for their support during the legislative session.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired started in 1931 in a 900- square-foot bungalow on the corner of S.W. 6th Street and S.W. 8th Avenue, now part of east Little Havana and still our location after all these years. Today Miami Lighthouse has a state-of-the-art, 37,500-square-foot facility where people who are blind or visually impaired receive vision rehabilitation, low vision services, Braille and technology instruction and much more, depending on their needs. Miami Lighthouse has received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for 4 consecutive evaluations. Only 8% of the charities rated have earned this distinction indicating that Miami Lighthouse consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.