The Heiken Children’s Vision Program provides free comprehensive eye examination and glasses when prescribed to low-income school children who fail their vision screening and have no insurance or other resources for eye care. The program was started in 1992, and since then, 75,000 children have received exams with 83 percent needing and receiving free eyeglasses.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Heiken Program, a division of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will present its sixth annual event to help the children who need this care. The community is asked to support the event billed as "Music Under the Stars: Bon Appetit Miami", which will feature an evening of music, food from some of Miami’s finest restaurants and a silent auction. The auction will offer getaway trips, jewelry and exclusive art.
The event will be at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, 601 SW Eighth Ave. The program will include musical performances by guest artists, and students and instructors from the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program. David Bernard of CBS 4 Miami will serve as master of ceremonies.
The honorees are: state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami; Ava Goldman, administrative director for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Robert M. Levy, Government Relations Consultant. They will be recognized for their support of the Heiken Program.
Tickets are $80 each or $150 for a pair. For tickets and for more information call Cameron E. Sisser, director of external affairs at Miami Lighthouse, at 786-362-7515.
Booker T. alumni give out scholarships
On May 4, at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association presented its annual Orange and Black Living Legends and Scholarship gala. The event honored nine individuals who were named 2013 Living Legends, while presenting scholarships to 16 graduating seniors of the school. it was a wonderful and beautiful event. As a graduate of Booker T. and a member of the Alumni Association, I am so proud of the work the organization, led by Roberta Thompson Daniels, does for the school and for its students.
My friend Dr. Herman Dorsett, class of 1958, and I were happy to have been selected to present the Legends to the audience. So, congratulations to Living Legends 2013: Daniel Akins, education; Wilhelmina Carter, culture; Georgena D. Ford, health care; Etta Harbin, community service; Yvonne Harris, public service; Paulette Martin, philanthropy; Archie McKay, law enforcement; N. Patrick Range, entrepreneurial, and Anthony Thompson, sports.
And congratulations to the 2013 scholarship recipients. They are: Kryzyrus Turquia, GPA, 5.35, the B. T. W. Alumni Association’s scholarship of $2,000; Richie Spiller, GPA 3.77, the David F. Davis Memorial Scholarship of $1,500; Valery Gue, GPA 4.49, The Miami Times Scholarship of $1,500; Jamesha Hall, GPA 3.84, the Laura Jones Scholarship of $1, 500; Brandi Johnson, GPA, 3.13, the Patricia Warren Memorial Scholarship of $1,500; Catherine Champagne, GPA, 4.38, the Charles Lamar Mobley Memorial Scholarship of $1,500; Michael Johnson, GP, 2.67, the Hazel Lucas Grant and Clarice R. Littles Memorial Scholarship of $1,500, and Moses Dany, GPA, 3.12, the B.T.W Class of 1960 scholarship of $1,500.
Also, Mita Polynice, GPA, 3.80, the B.T.W. Class of 1961 scholarship of $1,500; Raquel Roundtree, GPA, 3.86, the B.T.W. Class of 1962 scholarship of $1,500; Taquavia Guillliett, GPA, 3.27, the B.T.W. Class of 1963 scholarship of $1,500; Chevon Williams, GPA, 4.55, the B.T.W. Class of 1965 scholarship of $1,500; Melissa Wilson, GPA, 3.42, the Washingtonians Class of 6T5, Inc. scholarship of $1,500; Jasmin Thompson, GPA, 4.24, the B.T.W. Class of 1966 scholarship of $1,500; Annallyssia Baca, GPA, 3.05, scholarship of $1,500 from assorted donations from B.T.W. Classes and Friends, $1,500,a nd Elvis Mendes, GPA, 4.34, also a scholarship of $1,500 from assorted donations from B.T.W. Classes and Friends.