2018 Award Recipients

Ricky Patel


Ricky K. Patel is revered in equal measure for his legal expertise, as well as his passionate work giving back to those who need it most. His practice focuses on a wide array of issues, including class-action litigations, cases for celebrities and athletes requiring crisis management, and representing children who suffered medical negligence from the healthcare system.

Mr. Patel is extremely charitable in his spare time, holding leadership positions, donating over 1,500 hours of community service and investing funds in charities such as Habitat for Humanity, VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act), Haitian Orphanage, Fashion Gives Back, Puerto Rico Relief, St. Thomas University, School of Law, American Red Cross and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Ricky has generously supported LLF for years and are proud and honored to have him as our 2018 Shining Light Award Recipient!

LLF Kids 4 Kids Volunteers


Each year, LLF acknowledges its Volunteer of the Year, a person who has gone above the call of duty within our community. For the first time ever, LLF will acknowledge five Volunteers of the Year! Together, these volunteers pioneered LLF’s Kids 4 Kids program, whereby children are able to take initiative and learn how to give back. Through LLF Kids 4 Kids, we are helping to develop the next generation of philanthropists while continuing to make an impact within our community.

LLF would like to recognize Alexandra Van Gemerden, Alicia Matho, Gigi Jeffries, Andrea Minski and Fabiana Perreira for all their efforts in creating this incredible program.

These ladies have pioneered this program by making LLFKids4Kids a program of the children for the children. They have allowed this to be an initiative that belongs to them, for they are the Leaders of Tomorrow. A place where children can find creative solutions to give back to other children within their own community!

We are so proud and lucky to have this amazing group of women as a part of Little Lighthouse and we are looking forward to continued success in 2018.

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