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Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Awarded Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta

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Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Awarded Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta

For more information, contact:
Mary Deatrick, DPR,
(407) 718-4640, [email protected]

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ORLANDO (Jan. 23, 2015) – Orlando hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, received the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award at the 32nd Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner presented by The King Center in Atlanta. The King Center, formally known as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, was established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The awards ceremony took place on Jan. 17, 2015 (in observance of the late Dr. King’s 86th birthday) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta.

The awards event recognized just four honorees. The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, was awarded to former President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, and to Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. The Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) Award was given to Harris Rosen and to Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of the Aidan Cares Foundation. The award is given in honor of and in keeping with the spirit of the late Coretta Scott King and recognizes a youth or young adult and a youth organization/initiative which exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The honor was established and awarded for the first time in 2013.

Rosen was being recognized for his more than 20 year commitment to the Tangelo Park Program, a three-fold educational community service initiative within the once drug- and crime-ridden Tangelo Park neighborhood of Orlando. In 1992, as Rosen was planning his seventh property, Rosen Shingle Creek, he was struck with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for his many blessings and decided it was time to give back to his community. By 1993, he had created the Tangelo Park Program, a personally funded concept. His innovative program provides free preschool for every two-, three-, and four-year-old child living in the neighborhood and a full community college or four-year college, or a vocational or technical school scholarship for every graduating high school senior. In addition, the program provides a Neighborhood Center for Families where parents can take parenting courses and obtain counseling and other resources to help them become positive role models for their children.

When Rosen created the Tangelo Park Program, the community’s high school dropout rate was 43 percent higher than the national average. Not long after the program began, high school graduation rates soared with an almost zero dropout rate. To date, more than 280 young people have now attended college or vocational school. “I am so honored that the Tangelo Park Program has been recognized by The King Center and I am truly humbled to receive an award given in the spirit of Mrs. Coretta Scott King,” said Rosen. “I will be happy to accept the honor on behalf of the Tangelo Park community and especially all of the youngsters who have worked so hard over the past 20 years to better themselves through the gift of education.”

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit, the King Center was envisioned by its founder to be “no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.” That vision was carried out through educational and community programs until Mrs. King’s retirement in the mid-1990s, and today it is being revitalized.

Celebrating more than 40 years in business, Rosen Hotels & Resorts comprises nearly 6,500 guest rooms at seven Orlando hotels: three convention properties – Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek, as well as four value-priced leisure properties – Rosen Inn International; Rosen Inn, closest to Universal; Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando; and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. For more information, visit

Rosen Plaza Hotel Raises Funds for American Cancer Society with a “Chair-ity for a Claus” Rocking Chair Silent Auction and Reception

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Custom Painted Rocking Chairs to be Displayed at Rosen Plaza and Auctioned to Highest Bidders During Special Month-Long Holiday Event

For more information, contact:
Mary Deatrick, DPR
(407) 718-4640, [email protected]

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ORLANDO (Oct. 3, 2014) — Rosen Plaza Hotel certainly will be rockin’ this holiday season, but not just with Christmas music… The Orlando hotel announced today this year’s “Chair-ity for a Claus” event, in which custom-painted rocking chairs, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, will be sold via silent auction to raise money for the Central Florida chapter of the American Cancer Society, in honor of cancer survivors.

Themes for the chairs are expected to vary widely. Approximately 35 chairs are expected to be included in the “Chair-ity for a Claus” event.

The silent auction opens Nov. 25, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving; with a kickoff reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the kickoff reception are $35 per person, which includes one signature drink, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The evening also includes performances by the “Chair-ity Carolers” and photo opportunities with Mrs. Claus. Story time and photo opportunities with Mrs. Claus also will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The silent auction closes on Dec. 25 at 5.00 p.m., however, the rocking chairs will be on display in the Rosen Plaza lobby and public areas through Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Additionally for those that really want a particular chair, there will be a “Buy Now” option.Winners will be notified by Dec. 26.

Sponsorship packages are now available, ranging from $100 to $5,000. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, Central Florida chapter. Those who wish to decorate a chair for the event may sponsor at the Partner level or above. The Partner level sponsorship is $175 and includes a rocking chair to decorate; recognition on the sponsor wall; logo and sponsor signage displayed next to the chair; and two tickets to the kickoff reception on Nov. 25.

Platinum Presenting Sponsorships are available for $5,000 and include a rocking chair to decorate; company or individual name on the event invitations as a co-sponsor for the reception; a 6-foot sponsor table at the reception; recognition as a Platinum Presenting Sponsor at the reception and throughout the month-long silent auction; recognition on the sponsor wall; logo and sponsor signage displayed next to the decorated chair; recognition on the “Chair-ity for a Claus” Facebook page; eight tickets to the kickoff reception; and two tickets to the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons’ Ball, Feb. 7, 2015.

For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, contact Victoria Hall at [email protected] or call (407)996-1713.

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. For more information, visit

Located on International Drive across the street from the Pointe Orlando outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex, the recently renovated 800-room Rosen Plaza provides its guests with resort-style luxury in a world-class vacation destination. Conveniently situated just minutes from Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, Universal Orlando®, Sea World® and Walt Disney World®, Rosen Plaza is only 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.

Guests are invited to enjoy a variety of amenities such as the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool and the Fitness center with “Life Fitness” cardiovascular and exercise machines and a full-range of free weights. Shingle Creek Golf Club, recently named by Golf Digest as one of the “Four Star Best Places to Play,” is just minutes away and offers complimentary transportation and preferred tee times for hotel guests.

Four on-site restaurants include Jack’s Place with casual fine dining. Café Matisse offers buffets as well as full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The Lite Bite is open 24 hours a day and serves deli sandwiches, fresh pizza and snacks. For more information, visit or call 800-627-8258.