Press Releases

Lighthouse of SWFL Partners with McGriff Insurance Services for Volunteer Project 6 11 2019

Lighthouse of SWFL Completes Successful United Way Campaign 5 30 2019

Cape Rotary Boat Ride PAGE 5, News-Press Cape Life Sunday

Rotary Club Provides Boating Experience for Blind and Visually Impaired 5 28 2019

Lighthouse of SWFL Hosts Acclaimed Speaker Michael Hingson 5 13 2019

Lighthouse of SWFL Raises $47,000 at Dining in the Dark! 5 7 2019

New Orleans Comes Alive at Dining in the Dark: Bourbon Street Blues!

Dining in the Dark 2019 Bourbon Street Blues 4 11 2019

Elvis Charity Benefit Raises $3,000 for Lighthouse of SWFL 3 13 2019

 Lighthouse of SWFL Selected as a Grant Recipient of SWFL Children’s Charities 3 11 2019

Lighthouse of SWFL CEO Selected to Speak at Business Summit 2 26 2019

Get All Shook Up at Elvis Charity Benefit Concert

Lighthouse of SWFL Receives Grant from Cape Coral Community Foundation

Lighthouse of SWFL Receives Grant for Blind Babies Program

Lighthouse of SWFL Appoints New CEO

Lighthouse of SWFL Appoints New CEO 10 24 2018

Lighthouse Appoints New CEO – River Style Magazine

Lighthouse Appoints New CEO – Gulfshore Business Magazine

Helping the Visually impaired one Step at a Time – Hello SWFL

Helping the Visually Impaired One Step at a Time

Lighthouse of SWFL Hosts White Cane Safety Day 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE White Cane Safety Day Walk 2018

White Cane Walk 2018 – Cape Coral Daily Breeze

White Cane Walk 2018 – Lehigh Acres Citizen

White Cane Walk 2018 – North Fort Myers Neighbor

White Cane Walk – Pine Island Eagle

White Cane Walk – Fort Myers Beach Observer

Cape Rotary Boat Ride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cape Rotary Boat Ride.pdf

2018 Board of Directors

Lighthouse of SWFL announces 2018 Board of Directors.pdf

Visually Impaired Prom – A Night with the Stars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Visually Impaired Prom – A Night with the Stars 12 5 2017.pdf

Turner and Turiano Named to Lighthouse Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Turner and Turiano Named to Lighthouse Board of Directors 11 27 2017.pdf

White Cane Awareness Day Walk 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE White Cane Awareness Day Walk 2017.pdf

Summer Camp for kids with Vision Loss

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Summer Camp for kids with Vision Loss 7 20 2017.pdf

Thank You for Making Dining in the Dark 2017 a Success!

Lighthouse of SWFL Receives Five-Year Accreditation

WGCU Gulf Coast Live! On Air Radio Show

Dining in the Dark 2017 – The Corridor Paper, March issue

Fort Myers Weekly, March 14, 2017 – 7th Annual Dining in the Dark

Blind Wine Tasting to Benefit Lighthouse of SWFL

Midwest Food Bank

Lighthouse of SWFL Celebrates White Cane Awareness Day 2016

(North Fort Myers, FL) – On Saturday October 15 from 10 AM to 1 PM the Lighthouse of SWFL, a vision rehabilitation agency, hosted a family-friendly community event bringing awareness to the white cane as a symbol of independence for individuals living with blindness and vision impairment.  The event was held at the Lighthouse of SWFL, 35 W. Mariana Ave, N. Fort Myers, FL 33903.

The outdoor festival provided live entertainment, free food, free vision and hearing screenings, and activities for children with and without vision impairment. The Lee School District Teachers of the Visually Impaired, along with several community advocacy groups and technology agencies, provided information for individuals with blindness and vision impairment. Participants interacted with guide dogs, Special Equestrians therapeutic horses, and a mini-petting zoo. Guests enjoyed descriptive yoga along with the soothing sounds of acoustic musician Bryan Huling.  Local celeb and artist Doug MacGregor performed classic hits with his band, The Rosada Project, and the Lighthouse of SWFL’s very own musical performers, The Sing-a-Lings and Transition teens, entertained the day’s crowd of over 175 with harmonious songs.
Individuals also experienced an official “White Cane Walk” with assistance from our sighted guides and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office who helped conduct the event at the busy intersection of US 41 and Pine Island Road.  County Commissioner Frank Mann helped kickoff the celebration with positive words of encouragement and support.  Doug Fowler, Executive Director of the Lighthouse of SWFL, accepted a proclamation on October 4, 2016, from the Lee County Board of Commissioners declaring October 15, 2016 as White Cane Safety Day.

“For individuals living with blindness or vision impairment, this day really celebrates abilities and self-reliance,” said Amy Turner, Lighthouse of SWFL Community Relations Coordinator. “By collaborating with over twenty organizations and agencies for the event, the Lighthouse of SWFL facilitated a community partnership to foster independence and bring knowledge, awareness, and information to benefit the visually-impaired community.”
The Lighthouse of SWFL thanks the sponsors for their support of White Cane Awareness Day: The Palms of Fort Myers, Guide Dog Foundation, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Healthy Living Caravan, and Special Equestrians.  All proceeds benefit the Lighthouse of SWFL which serves babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors living with blindness and vision impairment in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Lighthouse of SWFL is a United Way Partner agency with a mission to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society.  For more information, visit, email or call 239-997-7797.

Lighthouse of SWFL Announces New Board Members

(North Fort Myers, FL, July 26, 2016) – The Lighthouse of SWFL announces the appointment of Benjamin Abdulnour and Sheila Clark to the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors. Abdulnour is a criminal defense attorney for the 20th Circuit Court. He brings a wealth of legal expertise to the Board and will be a tremendous asset to the Lighthouse of SWFL. Abdulnour received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate in Law from Florida State University.

Clark’s background is in education where she was a paraprofessional in the Rhode Island School District for more than fifteen years. Her non-profit Board experience in fundraising and event coordination will lend a significant strength to the Board. Clark is a graduate of Berkley College in New York.

The Lighthouse of SWFL is a 501(c)3 United Way Partner that is also partially funded by the Division of Blind Services, Lee County Government and other private donors. The mission of the Lighthouse of SWFL is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society. For more information please visit or call 239-997-7797.

6th Annual Dining in the Dark a Success!

Daily Breeze Article

(North Fort Myers, FL) – The 6th Annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser was held under the stars on April 9, 2016 at Mike Greenwell’s 31 Produce in Alva, Florida. Benefiting the Lighthouse of SWFL, a non-profit vision rehabilitation center serving individuals in Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties, the farm to table “country affair” was a unique and memorable evening for the 400+ participants. Upon arrival to the Lighthouse of SWFL’s signature fundraiser, guests were treated to a country fair atmosphere complete with carnival games, carriage rides with the Clydesdales, photo opportunities, and a kissing booth manned by Dallas the Donkey, all with one caveat – attempt the activities while blindfolded. Former Boston Red Sox player and host of the event, Mike Greenwell even joined in the fun and festivities by hitting baseballs blindfolded.

As darkness descended onto the evening, guests were corralled to the main event, emceed by NBC-2’s morning news anchor Rachel Pierce. Guests dined blindfolded on delicious farmgrown vegetables and locally-raised barbecue while families took the stage to recognize the crucial role the Lighthouse of SWFL performs in providing programs and services to children and babies living with vision impairment and blindness. “We are so grateful for the services, staff, and clients of the Lighthouse”, said parent Olivia Muñoz. She continued, “They have taught us as parents of a visually impaired child that individuals with blindness see things differently than sighted individuals. They see with touch, smell, hearing, and devices, such as the white cane, therefore, blindness does not limit dreams or future goals.”

The Lighthouse of SWFL would like to thank our sponsors for their significant contributions to the success of the evening, which far exceeded any other Dining in the Dark ever held. Thank you to The Palms of Fort Myers, Eye Associates of Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida Optometric Association (SWFOA), Nurse on Call, Brookdale at Home, Gorovoy M.D. Eye Specialists, Schlager, Schlager & Levin, Cape Coral Rotary, Snead Eye Group, RE/MAX Destination Realty, Malkani Retina Center, BB&T Insurance Services – Oswald Trippe & Company, and NBC-2.

Lighthouse of SWFL’s mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society.