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7th Annual Walk, Waggle And Stroll To Benefit Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired

Participants and their dog companions at the 2013 Sixth Annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk (Photo Credit: CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Participants and their dog companions at the 2013 Sixth Annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk (Photo Credit: CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

On Sunday, March 16, join fellow dog lovers in the Seventh Annual Miami Lighthouse Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk to benefit the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Miami Lighthouse for the Blind was established in 1931 and is the largest and oldest organization in Florida dedicated to serving the blind.

“We help the blind and visually impaired learn to live an independent and confident life,” said Cameron Sisser, Director of External Relations at Miami Lighthouse.  “We assist the blind of all ages – babies, teens, adults, and seniors.”

Miami Lighthouse serves 9,500 program participants annually and offers a wide variety of services to assist the blind and vision impaired. Year-round training programs in the use of Braille and other technology are available for babies and school children so that these children can achieve academic success. For seniors with age-related vision loss, Miami Lighthouse assists them in maintaining an independent life with eye exams and other vision enhancement strategies.

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“People lose a great deal of mobility when they lose their sight. For those who would like to eventually obtain a service animal, the first step is to come to Miami Lighthouse,” Sisser said.

Miami Lighthouse does a great deal of training before an individual is using a service dog. Lighthouse ensures that each individual is able to care for the dog, passes an orientation and mobility course and has mastered the skills of using a White Cane. Only then may the person attend a guide school and train to use a guide dog.

The Walk, Waggle and Stroll dog walk helps to raise awareness and funds for service animals. More than 400 participants are anticipated. Participants are asked to collect pledges to support the event, and all proceeds go to support the Miami Lighthouse. A Romero Britto signed ‘Azul’ Dog sculpture will be awarded to the individual who collects the greatest number of pledges.

This year’s event is St. Patrick’s Day themed. The event will begin with a “Biscuits and Bones” breakfast, continue with a leisurely dog walk and conclude with several “doggy contests,” such as Best St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costume, Dog-Owner Look-Alike, and Most Talented Dog. The walk will be hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and special recognition will be given to Romero Britto. John Morales of NBC 6 will emcee the event and Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program will provide entertainment.

Walkers are welcome with or without dogs.  Ticket price includes entrance, t-shirt with a Britto design and doggie bandana.

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE:
The Shops at Midtown Miami
3401 North Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
Ph. 786-362-7515

TICKETS: $30 per person. The fee is waived for visually impaired walkers. Please click here to purchase tickets. For more information, contact Cameron Sisser at 786-362-7515 or csisser@miamilighthouse.org.

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