See the Light Luncheon

Benefiting Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Board Director Louis Nostro, Esq, Shutts & Bowen LLP; Michael Marquez, Bessemer Trust; President & CEO Virginia Jacko; Keynote Speaker Pete Gustin, Miami Dolphins; Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr.

Hosted by Bessemer Trust, Shutts and Bowen, LLP and the Miami Dolphins, more than 200 of South Florida’s philanthropists and community leaders attended the See the Light Luncheon at Riviera Country Club. With the generosity of the Wildflower Foundation, a new incentive challenge was announced which will run through the end of 2014. Operating funds were raised to support programs, such as, Braille literacy, computer and digital technology and math laboratory curriculum, to empower young children and teenagers with skills to be competitive and highly productive despite their blindness. Funds will also be used to support Miami Lighthouse’s nationally recognized Better Chance Music Production Programâ„¢ student vocalists and musicians.

Miami Lighthouse’s Better Chance Music Production Program student vocalist Angel Wallace began the lunch by singing “God Bless the USA,” and Keynote speaker Pete Gustin, who has overcome his visual impairment to become the voice over artist of the Miami Dolphins, spoke to attendees about programs and services Miami Lighthouse provides and how essential they are to the community.

Supporters and sponsors of the lunch will enable Miami Lighthouse to educate more blind and visually impaired youth and empower them with the skills necessary to live successful, independent lives. According to CEO Jacko, these funds will help meet the demand of a nineteen-fold client increase since 2004; now serving 9,500 individuals annually. The lunch was also sponsored by American Airlines, Rex Golliath, Monster Sound Productions, and Maria’s Flowers. For more information call Cameron Sisser, 786-362-7515 or visit www.miamilighthouse.org.