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 Program™ 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

Dan and Trish Bell, Mary Spencer, Aaron Podhurst

Penny Stamps, Swanee DiMare, Bunny Bastian

Board Director Dr. Shirley Press, Virginia Jacko, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr., Board Directors Peter Harrison, José Abrante Cosio

Board Director Ed Rosasco, Virginia Jacko, Angela Whitman, Marsha Madorsky

The Reverend Mata Sutton Weeks, Karl Wulf

Master of Ceremonies John Morales of NBC-6 Miami, Harriet Carter, Cameron Sisser

Patricia Hassine Elias, Simon Hassine, Jackie Hassine, Michele Hassine, Cathy Hassine

Board Director Louis Nostro, Esq, Virginia Jacko, Thom Collins

Jacquelyn Munilla, Laura Munilla

Loli Boehler, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr., Lola Pegg

Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Jennifer Jones

Phillis Oeters, Honorary Board Director Pamela Garrison

Jack and Jeanie Pfleger

Manny Rodriguez, Virginia Jacko

Board Director Dr. Alan and Andrea Levitt

Norma Jean Abraham, Kathleen Monahan, Shelley Daniel Rutherford