in an entrepreneurial society,” Rosen said. “What we cannot, as a
wonderful nation, tolerate is educational inequality, so in an under-
served community, you have people that would do well in college
but can’t afford it. That’s unacceptable. And when they leave college
they have no debt, and I would like to see that throughout America.”
Rosen calculated that for every dollar his company has invested
in Tangelo Park, the community gets back $7.
“If we could find wealthy individuals throughout America that would
be willing to create a Tangelo or Parramore program,” he said, “we
could change America one underserved community at a time.”
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Harris Rosen has leveraged his hard-earned success to compile a prolific list of charitable efforts.
Following are some highlights.
Tangelo Park Program
For the past 25 years, Rosen has
spearheaded the Tangelo Park Program
to help this underserved community
in Orlando. This spring will also be his
10th year hosting and paying for Cornell
University (his alma mater) students to
spend their Alternative Spring Break
in Orlando. He hosts them at Rosen
Shingle Creek while they volunteer for
the Tangelo Park Program, as well as
mentor students, attend board meetings
and participate in other activities. It’s
Rosen’s hope that when these students
are in a position to give back, they
remember this program and these youth
and contribute in their own ways. Rosen
has won many awards for his Tangelo
Park initiative, including one in 2006
from the US Dream Academy, given to
him by Oprah Winfrey.
The Tangelo Park Program has made an
incredible impact on this community, so
much so that Rosen committed to dedicate his time and resources to a second
similar, but five times larger, program in
the Parramore district near downtown
Orlando. The program includes 24 preschool classrooms where he is paying the
annual salaries for 48 teachers and aides
and an administrator to oversee the program. This is part of a school that is being
built and will open this August. Last spring
Rosen awarded his first 14 scholarships to
students to start the initiative.
Rosen has long supported those in Haiti, including hosting a gala several years ago that
raised more than $300,000, enough to fund
200 water filtration devices. The company
continuously sends supplies and most re-
cently opened a new elementary school. An
interesting irony is that the concrete block
school happened to open two weeks prior
to Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the
community. The school ended up supplying
shelter for 300 people, survived intact and
continued to supply shelter for several more
weeks. Rosen recently announced he will be
paying to rebuild the 100 homes destroyed
in Les Cayes, the community in which the
school is located.
Rosen is Orlando’s consulate to Japan.
He also supplied $100,000 to the
country after its 2011 earthquake and
is receiving the Order of the Rising
Sun Gold and Silver Rays, one of the
highest-ranking civilian honors awarded
to those from other countries, for supporting the student exchange program
between Orlando and its sister city of
Urayasu, as well as his donation.
Rosen College of Hospitality
Management at UCF
In 2004, the University of Central Florida opened as a result of Rosen’s donation of 20 acres at the foot of Rosen
Shingle Creek and $10 million. Rosen
still provides more than $1 million
annually in scholarships to the college,
which has grown from several hundred
students when it opened to more than
3,000 today. The school was ranked as
one of the top five hospitality schools in
the world by CEO magazine.
Rosen provides low-cost healthcare to
his associates (employees) through a
self-funded healthcare program he’s
had in place for 25 years. In addition,
after three years with the company,
associates receive free college for their
children. After five years, the associate
receives free college. The company
funds annual health fairs, carnivals
and a Christmas event for associates
and families. Associates who work
with Rosen on his Haiti initiatives are
provided transportation by the company
to personally deliver donations to ensure
they make it to the recipients.
Other Charity Endeavors
Rosen also funds an Everglades Expedition to bring awareness to the endangered area, and sponsors numerous galas, walks and other events in Orlando,
along with the Rosen Jewish Community
Center. He also has been recognized for
his support of various green initiatives.
SOURCE: ROSEN HOTELS & RESORTS
TANGELO PARK PROGRAM
Throughout the hospitality industry, organizations are giving back.
Following is a sampling.
// Teneo Hospitality Group hosts events across the U.S. and Latin
America in which local meeting planners meet and network with Teneo
member hotels and DMC
representatives. In addition to
food, entertainment and net-
working, attendees have the
opportunity to help a local
charity. There are more than
20 events per year, most of
which focus on helping children in need, such as filling
backpacks with school supplies or putting together toiletry kits that are
then donated within the community. www.teneohg.com
// During the holiday season, each of the 13 Great Wolf Lodge properties across the U.S. built a life-size gingerbread house with gingerbread walls and lots of candy and frosting. Guests and visitors
could dine inside for breakfast lunch or dinner and all proceeds
were donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
// Hotel RL created Project Wake Up Call in order to make the communities where new properties open a better place to live and visit.
The initiative is focused on preventing and ending homelessness,
and each new property partners with a local charity. With a $100
donation to the partner charity in each city, Hotel RL will offer a
complimentary one-night stay at a property of choice.
// The Hotel Del Coronado opened Skating by the Sea for the winter
season, setting up an ice-skating rink right on the beach. The San
Diego property donated a portion of ticket sales to Make-a-Wish San
Diego as well as hosted special events for local Make-a-Wish families.
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