ORLANDO (March 26, 2012) – On Wednesday, March 21, Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and the Harris Rosen Foundation and Honorary Consul General of Japan in Orlando, presented a $100,000 check to the Tohoku region of Japan and Urayasu, Japan to aid in relief efforts from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The announcement was made during a Japan Earthquake Relief check presentation ceremony held at 10 a.m. at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was there to help present the check and spoke about Orlando’s sister city relationship with Urayasu, Japan, which shares Orlando’s roots in tourism as the home to Tokyo Disney Resort.
Last spring, Rosen pledged to raise funds to assist with much-needed relief efforts. At that time, Lake Highland Preparatory School students asked him to match dollar for dollar any monies they might raise. When they came to the table with an astounding $43,240, he honored that pledge to make a total donation of $86,440. Since then, other donations from Rosen Hotels & Resorts associates and other sources have brought that total to $100,000.
Mayor Dyer introduced exchange students from Urayasu, who conducted a brief presentation, sharing video and photos along with stories about their personal experiences involving the earthquake, the state of their homeland, relief efforts already in place and the resilient spirit of the Japanese people. The students also presented Rosen with a Japanese doll of friendship as a thank you for his efforts on their country’s behalf.
“It was incredibly impactful to hear directly from the students about what they heard, saw and felt during the earthquake,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am incredibly honored that our community showed such an outpouring of support for the residents effected by the Japan earthquake and for Orlando’s long-standing relationship with the residents of Urayasu.”
The student presentation was followed by remarks from Rosen, who spoke about the need for relief in Urayasu and in the Tohuku region, which is one of the closest areas to the earthquake epicenter.
“As a young man in the military, I was stationed in Japan and developed an affection and appreciation for the Japanese people and their culture. Because of my time spent there and the relationships I formed, I was honored to take on the role of Honorary Consul General for Orlando and am honored to be able to assist in fundraising and relief efforts. In this role, I hope to help in being a good steward of the money raised by the students at Lake Highland Preparatory School and by Rosen Hotels & Resorts associates and all who have so generously contributed.”
Rosen, Mayor Dyer and Jeff Turner, Special Assistant to the President for Leadership Development, Lake Highland Preparatory School, then presented a $100,000 check, which was accepted on behalf of the Japanese sister city by Takako Johnson, a member of the Mayor’s International Advisory Committee. The presentation was followed by refreshments in the lobby.
This is the second time that Rosen has matched funds raised by LHPS. Two years ago, the student body raised more than $116,000 for earthquake victims in Haiti, another cause near and dear to Rosen’s heart as more than one third of Rosen Hotels & Resorts associates are Haitian or of Haitian descent. Through his foundation, he also matched those funds, in addition to conducting numerous other fundraising, food and supply drives as part of his larger Relief-Rebuild-Sustain program for Haiti. Overall, the Harris Rosen Foundation has raised close to one million dollars for Haiti earthquake relief and continues to work on developing the low-cost, eco-friendly Little Haiti House Village.
Due to its competitive wages and outstanding associate benefit program, including the new Rosen Medical Center, A Place for Healing and Wellness, continuing education and language development programs, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has one of the lowest associate turnover rates in the hotel industry. Funding from the Harris Rosen Foundation has allowed for the creation of the Tangelo Park Project, which provides free preschool, college and vocational education to disadvantaged youth; the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management; and the Jack and Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Center. The Foundation also contributes to numerous charitable organizations throughout Central Florida and beyond each year.
The Rosen Hotels & Resorts family includes three award-winning convention properties, Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek, and four leisure properties in the Orlando tourist corridor, including the Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.
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