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To discuss any of the planned giving options below, please call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176.

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Remember Miami Lighthouse in Your Estate Plans Join the Helen Keller Legacy Society. To include Miami Lighthouse in your will call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 to discuss estate planning gifts.

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Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Inc.
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

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Contributions to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Inc. are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Lighthouses serving the blind throughout the United States are autonomous, have no affiliation with each other and do not share funding.

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Miami Lighthouse has received Charity Navigators coveted 4-star rating for 6 consecutive evaluations. Only 3% of the charities rated have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Celebrate 82 years of service to the blind and visually impaired and make a gift that will transform the lives of babies, children and seniors.

Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities, has awarded the Miami Lighthouse a four star rating, the highest possible rating! For information regarding our revenue and expenses, go to www.charitynavigator.org.




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Florida Heiken Program


Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO, OHL Arellano Construction, CEO Virginia Jacko, Agustin Arellano, Sr., President, OHL Arellano Construction at Groundbreaking Ceremony for new 4th Floor,
July 15, 2013.
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view additional pictures



Miami Marlins check presentation: PJ Loyello
Senior VP of Communications & Broadcasting,
David Samson Miami Marlins President,
Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr.,
President & CEO Virginia Jacko,
Miami Marlins Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton,
Honorary Board Director Ray Casas and
Alfredo Mesa Executive Director of
Miami Marlins Foundation.



The Blind Visionary
All of Virginias royalties and part of the publishers
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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Low Vision Center


State of Vision
Sales of the State of Vision license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.







Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received seven commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 3% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for six consecutive years from Charity Navigator, the nations premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.


Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


Miami Lighthouse received United Homecares 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.









Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


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