Picture of Marvin A. Tanck, President and C E O of the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches

Picture of Donte' Mickens, Chairman







Executive Message




Dear Friends:
We are delighted to be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches with you!
Founded in January 1946 by the West Palm Beach Lions Club, the organization began as Lions Industries for the Blind with a 100-by-200-foot lot with a $10,000 construction budget. Through hard work and dedication, the volunteers opened a kindergarten in 1952 and a summer program for pre-teens in 1968. To maintain pace with the blind and visually impaired population within the community, an adjustment program for seniors was introduced in 1971. In 1975, Lions Industries for the Blind moved into an 8,000 square foot building allowing for expanded services and programs to meet the needs for all ages. The organization’s name was changed in 1978 to Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches.
Although there were some challenges throughout the years, the accomplishments and successes have been significant for the thousands of people who have benefitted from the programs and services, which ultimately expanded from Palm Beach County, into Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
On behalf of the thousands who are blind or visually impaired and receive services from Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, thank you for being a friend and supporter of the Lighthouse. And thank you for helping celebrate our 70th anniversary with your continued support.
Marvin A. Tanck
President and CEO
Donte' Mickens
Chairperson of the Board