Volume 21 - May, 2021
Lighthouse New Location Officially Opens
Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches officially opened its new facility in West Palm Beach, Thursday, April 15, kicking-off the 75th Anniversary. Donté Mickens, Chair of the Board, along with members of the Board of Directors, Interim Executive Director Mary Allen, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard, donors, community partners and staff cut the ribbon along with the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches to officially open the doors of the new facility.
 
“75 years ago in April of 1946 ground was broke for the first building on Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach and now this new facility just off I-95 and 45th Street is our third location,” said Mickens.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were treated with a socially distant tour of the new facility which included the unveiling of the 75th Anniversary Donor Wall, demonstrations of various teaching techniques for the blind and visually impaired and lunch.

“This event kicks off our 75th Anniversary which we will celebrate all year, and culminate on December 2 with our 75th Anniversary Eye Ball,” said Mickens. This new chapter in our 75 year legacy is exciting, however, it will not deter from our mission, as Lighthouse will always remain focused on providing essential services for those with visual impairments in the five county area we serve.”
members of the board in masks cutting a large red ribbon with large scissors
Members of the Board of Directors cut the ribbon to officially open the new Lighthouse.
Winston Callum demonstrates assistive technology devices to several masked women
Winston Callum demonstrates assistive technology devices as part of the tours.
Mary Allen is pointing to the donor wall hanging in the Lighthouse lobby
Mary Allen highlights the new donor wall which recognizes major donors over the past
75 years.
Two New Members Join Lighthouse Board
Lighthouse is pleased to announce the election of two new board members - Kim Clawson and Tekesha Saffold. Kim is a retired non-profit executive who spent her career working at various agencies including the Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach and Treasure Coast and the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. She also worked from 1993 to 2003 as Lighthouse's Director of Rehabilitation.

Tekesha is an ADA Consultant who specializes in paratransit and mobility services for the disabled. She designed and conducted American Disabilities Act sensitivity training for local government, she works with various agencies to assist them in providing services for the disabled and was the former President of the National Federation of the Blind of Palm Beach County.

Please join us in welcoming Kim and Tekesha to the Lighthouse family.
Kim Clawson
Tekesha Saffold
Front Cover of Lighthouse Annual Report
Lighthouse Releases 2020
Annual Report
Lighthouse recently released the 2020 Annual Report. The report includes a recap of the activities, donors and news from 2020, as well as a pictorial timeline of the 75 year history of Lighthouse.

If you did not receive your copy, you can download an accessible version on our website. or call the office 561-586-5600 and we will mail you one.
Youth Paint Pottery to Celebrate their Moms
Teen age girl painting a pottery cat
A boy and a girl painting pottery at a table
Young red head girl painting a pottery dog
Kids Summer Camp is Coming in June!
For more information visit the website or e-mail Eprus@lhpb.org.
a young man posting in a blue Lighthouse t-shirt showing front and back of shirt
Celebrate Lighthouse's 75th Anniversary with Commemorative Merchandise On Sale Now!
Always remember 2021 with a commemorative 75th Anniversary
T-shirt. This special shirt is only available for a limited time so get yours today. The shirts are 50/50 cotton blend, royal blue with white lettering and available in uni-sex sizes up to XXL.

Each Shirt Is $12.
Two light blue face masks with the 75th Anniversary logo
Get the official Lighthouse 75th Anniversary face mask to wear, keep as a souvenir or give to a friend or family member.

Available now at the Lighthouse for only $3 each. Each mask comes in an individual bag for safety and includes an adjustable ear band.

Face Mask is $3

Call to order your items today 561-586-5600.
Face Masks are available now, stop by the office 5601 Corporate Way, Suite #210, West Palm Beach M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Calendar of Events:
Friday, May 21 12 noon to 1pm - Virtual Book Club
e-mail dsalina@lhpb.org to register. This month's book is American Dirt by Janine Cummins
 
Thursday, May 27 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Virtual Book Club. This month's book is The Other End of the Line by Andrea Camilleri.
EVERY GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Thanks to your generosity, Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches is able to meet the needs of the visually impaired in our community.
There are many ways you can give to help us continue our mission.
Consider planned giving through estate planning or your will.

You can make a donation of any size online at www.lhpb.org on our
Facebook page or call the office 561-586-5600.