The eighthÂ annual Music Under the Stars: Bon AppÃ©tit Miami at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, was filled with fine wine, great cuisine and special musical performances, and benefiting a most important cause – free eye care to underserved schoolchildren.Â Guests enjoyed a wide variety of delicious foods from some of Miami’s finest restaurants including City Hall The Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Thierry’s Catering, Whisk, Perricone’s Marketplace, while beverages included specialty wines by El Carajo, fabulous cocktails by Macallan Scotch Whisky and frosty beers by Samuel Adams. Both live and silent auctions took place throughout the evening featuring exciting getaways, spa packages, sports memorabilia and gift certificates for fine dining.
Guests also enjoyed the music of Miami Lighthouse’s Big Band Jazz with a special guest appearance by internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Nicole Henry. The event was emceed by G. Eric Knowles, President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, joined to recognize State Senator Gwen Margolis, and Dr. David K. Moore, Miami-Dade Public Schools Assistant Superintendent as special Miami Lighthouse Champions in the Florida Legislature.
Miami Lighthouse’s Heiken Children’s Vision Program provides free comprehensive eye examinations and glasses when prescribed to low-income schoolchildren who fail their state-mandated school vision screening and have no insurance or other resources for eye care. Since the program’s inception in 1992, over 85,000 children have received exams with 83% needing and receiving free eyeglasses. Sponsors for the annual event include ABB Optical Group, celebrating 25 years of service to the optometry industry, Publix Super Markets Charities, Baptist Health South Florida, Brown & Brown, Marlins Foundation, Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, Genesis Consulting, GrayRobinson, Aetna, Essilor Laboratories of America, Signet Armorlite, and Perry Ellis International.