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IN MEMORIAM: Lighthouse Loses A Ray of Light

On January 24, 2016, our beloved community stalwart and Lighthouse family member, Donna J. Esbensen, departed this world after her battle with cancer. Donna was devoted to the mission of Lighthouse Central Florida and served as the organization’s vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for over 17 years.

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Message from the President

Friends, this issue of our newsletter holds particular significance to me because our lead article features the late Donna J. Esbensen, former vice president and CFO at Lighthouse Central Florida and a woman I considered a very close friend.

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With just a couple minutes of your time and some of your input, you can help us develop better content and communications modified to connect you with your interests at Lighthouse Central Florida.

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Complete this short survey by May 13th and you will be entered into a prize drawing -
your choice of 2 Tickets to an Orlando City Lions game or a $75 Publix Gift Card.

Volunteer Leadership Key to Growth at Lighthouse Works

Richard Wertsching, a 57 year-old Connecticut native who goes by, ‘Rick’, is a volunteer leader who sits on the board at Lighthouse Works. Wertsching has contributed not just his time to the Lighthouse mission, but also his talent and treasure. He is currently the Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for the Theme Parks and Resorts segment of the Disney Company and has called Florida home for the past 10 years.

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Transition Students Swim With Dolphins At Discovery Cove

A group of around 40 young people, parents and Lighthouse staff recently participated in a unique, daylong outing at Discovery Cove® in Orlando, FL—an all-inclusive day resort where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish, and hand-feed exotic birds.

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Congrats to Rising Stars at Lighthouse

Join us in congratulating some of Lighthouse's rising stars for their recent promotions
  -- Dee Amundson, our new Chief Financial Officer
  -- Kyle Johnson, our new Chief Sustainability Officer
  -- Stephanie Laureano, our new Chief Program Officer
  -- Kaleb Stunkard our new Chief Information and Operations Officer

They are all key team leaders who are helping to lead Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works into the future.

We're thankful that they push our mission forward every day with their dedication and compassion!

Upcoming Events

-- May 18 & June 15, 2016 - The Blink Experience

The Blink ExperienceThe Blink Experience - Hands-on Exploration of Vision Services
5:45 - 7:00PM  --  215 East New Hampshire St. Orlando, FL 32804

Join us for a hands-on exploration of how Lighthouse Central Florida teaches, supports, and empowers children, teens and adults living beyond the restrictions of vision loss and blindness.

• Experience a free, one hour tour of Lighthouse Central Florida's facilities and an evening of inspiration.

• Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

• Seating is limited – so book your visit today!

RSVP to Ileah Vazquez at or by calling (407) 898-2483 x235.

-- September 28, 2016  - Emerging Vision Breakfast

Emerging Vision BreakfastSAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, September 28th -- Registration - 8:00 a.m. --Program - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3000 S. John Young Pkwy • Orlando, FL 32805

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