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for three rescue groups, Phoenix Rising Animal Rescue, Florida Boxer Rescue, and Pet Rescue by Judy. She is currently attending the University of Central Florida and hopes to one day open an animal sanctuary. Shayna is also working on an invention that she hopes will be an alternative to the Elizabethan Collar, more commonly known as the dreaded ‘cone.’ Every day of every week, Harris


Rosen spends quality time at one of his properties. Having learned about inspec- tions and what to look for, he admits that


time medical doctors, one nurse practi- tioner and one social worker, as well as part-time dieticians, chiropractors and podiatrist among other specialists, the center offers 4500 Rosen associates and their families low-cost healthcare, includ- ing dental coverage. At one point in his fortunate life,


some twenty years ago, while sitting in his office dreaming about building more hotels, Harris realized it was time for him to say thank you to all the gracious men and women who had helped him along the way. “Hospitality really is about


“It’s one thing to offer a scholarship to one person one time,” said Rachel Jones- Manuel who is a college scholarship recipient from the program. “But to con- tinue to provide this type of incentive for more than 20 years, I think it’s absolutely wonderful.” Harris would like other private


donors to see the positive effects of his scholarship programs and want to start their own versions in hard-hit communi- ties across the country. “We’ve given these kids hope; given their families hope. And hope is an amazing thing,” said Harris.


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Jack’s Place, the fine dining restaurant in the Rosen Plaza, is named after Harris Rosen’s


Apple in Harris Rosen’s office. Photograph by Anna Cooke.


he could never own a property that was not within driving distance, nearby. “I am much too neurotic and enjoy visiting each of the hotels every week, meeting with the staff and talking with our guests,” he told us. Harris is a member of the Cornell


Society of Hotelmen and the Waldorf Astoria Distinguished Alumni Association. He is also the past president of Visit Orlando. In 2002, he donated a 20-acre site at


the foot of Rosen Shingle Creek and $10 million to the University of Central Florida to develop the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF. He also funds a $2.5 million dollar scholarship endowment for UCF which was matched by the State. The college opened in January, 2004 and is currently the fastest growing college in the United States. Within the last two years, Rosen


Hotels & Resorts opened the 12,000 square foot Rosen Medical Center, A Place For Healing and Wellness. In addi- tion to the multilingual staff of three full-


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appreciating a fellow human being,” Harris said. During the same time Harris was contemplating how to give back, Tangelo Park, an Orlando neighborhood, had become a crime-infested place where people were afraid to walk down the street. The graduation rate at the local high school was 25 percent. Harris began his philanthropic efforts by paying for day care. When those children reached high school, Harris created a scholarship pro- gram in which he offered to pay free tuition to Florida state colleges for any students in the neighborhood. The Harris Rosen Foundation has since provided free preschool education for every two, three and four-year-old by creating 10 small schools in the neighborhood. Since starting the programs in Tangelo Park, Harris has donated more than $10 mil- lion. The high school graduation rate is now nearly 100 percent and some property values have quadrupled, while the crime rate has been cut in half, according to a study by the University of Central Florida.


father. Scores of autographed caricatures created by Jack Rosen adorn the walls of the restau- rant. Gershwin, Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama,Picasso and Salvadore Dali to name just a few. Jack’s Place is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Above, Harris Rosen (standing) with Chef Michael McMullen.


A Junior Suite at the Rosen Plaza.


Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Orlando: Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Blvd. - 407.996.9939 Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Drive - 407.996.9840 Rosen Plaza Hotel 9700 International Drive - 407.996.9700 Rosen Inn International 7600 International Drive - 407.996.1600 Rosen Inn 6327 International Drive - 407.996.4444 Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando 9000 International Drive - 407.996.8585 Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista 8442 Palm Parkway - 407.996.7300 www.RosenHotels.com


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