Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary
At the Historic Biltmore Hotel
85th Celebration Co-chairs Ramón & Ali Casas and Louis & Janet Nostro at Northern Trust pre-gala event

Jorge & Jacquelyn Munilla and Olga & Charles Nielson

Three hundred of Miami’s leading philanthropists and elected officials spent an extraordinary evening, enjoying cocktails provided by Bacardi and wine by El Carajo. Presenting sponsor for the evening was Northern Trust. The co-chairs of the celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Ramón Casas and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nostro, were announced this past March at the Northern Trust pre-gala event. Entertainment was provided by Miami Lighthouse’s nationally-recognized student and instructor musicians and vocalists.

The evening, commemorating Miami Lighthouse’s 85th year, highlighted the organization’s beginning in 1931 during an era when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights for the blind in the crusade against darkness.” In recognition of that important moment, CEO Virginia Jacko referred to an original letter from Helen Keller pertaining to a garden party that Keller had attended. Ms. Jacko explained that funds were raised in those early years by holding garden parties where prominent Miamians would attend such as Mrs. Charles Brickell, Mrs. Freeman Burdine, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Mrs. Charles Deering, Mrs. Harvey Firestone and Mrs. Hugh Matheson. The legacy of those formative years continues today, noted CEO Jacko, recognizing those in attendance as truly “knights for the blind.”

The silent auction committee was chaired by Jacquelyn Munilla. Corporate sponsors included Florida Power & Light, Florida Blue, Marlins Foundation, Comcast, Perry Ellis International, Gus Machado Ford, Walgreens, The Miami Herald and others. Laurie Jennings, WPLG-TV co-anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremonies; the keynote speaker was Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman

Ana Cristina Regalado, Raquel Regalado, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, CEO Virginia Jacko and City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo

City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, CEO Virginia Jacko and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva

Gus & Lilliam Machado, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director George Foyo

Bill Roy, Susan Kelley, Board Director Angela Whitman and Dr. Harry Flynn

Juan & Ophelia Roca

Eugenia McCrea, Randee Rogers, Patti Galea, Allison Petrat and Shelley Rutherford

Board Chair Louis Nostro & Janet Nostro and Julia & Bill Beckham

Dan Bell, CEO Virginia Jacko, Mistress of Ceremonies Laurie Jennings

Annabel & Dr. Joseph Selem and Laura Jean & Dr. Edward Gelber

Sheila Freed & Board Director Owen Freed, Nicolas Pisaris and Pam Garrison

Angelina & Lion Greg Werra

Litto Gomez, Christian de la Fe, Melody Le, Ana Maria & Ernesto de la Fe

Mohamed Iskandarani, René Gonzalez-Llorens & Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Barbara Alonso

Jennifer & W. Kinzy Jones, Jr. and Board Director Kent & Erika Benedict

Ana M. & Arturo Hernandez

Bill & Julia Beckham, Mariana & Otto Foerster, Allison Luttermoser and YPOL Co-Chair Will Beckham

Staci Solomon & Board Director Steven Solomon

Board Director Dr. Alan Levitt & Andrea Levitt

Board Director Dr. Sander Dubovy & Sarah Dubovy

Board Director Scott Richey & Karla Richey

Rick Sisser, Marsha Madorsky, Leslie Lorenzi and Cameron Sisser

Steven & Ruth Marcus

David & Irene White

François Sainfort and Julie Jacko

Lindsay Davis, YPOL Co-Chair Pablo Gonzalez, Martha Lluch, Chris & Lee Lentz

Jackie & Brad Matthews