12 x August 16 — September 5, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 among all of us.” She encouraged everyone for generations to come to tell the story of Rosen and his investments in children and the most needy. “We can help keep that alive and inspire other people with the life and legacy of Harris Rosen,” Jacobs said. in the Tangelo Park neighborhood. He recently expanded the program to include children from Parramore. He also donated a 20-acre site and $10 million to the University of Central Florida to establish the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and $5.1 million to the Jack & Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center. (L. to r.) Rowdy Gaines, Harris Rosen and John “Lucky” Meisenheimer commemorate the renamed Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center with an inaugural swim. DISNEY SPRINGS ® ORLANDO, FLORIDA Rosen, born and raised in New York City, earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He served in the U.S. Army and began his career at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. Working for Hilton, he traveled around the country and worked internationally for the Post Co. of Dallas before joining the Disney Co. in California in 1968. In that role, he became involved with opening Walt Disney World hotels. In 1974, Rosen bought the Quality Inn on International Drive near Sand Lake Road. Soon after, he added more lodging properties to his company. Rosen Hotels & Resorts now owns and operates nine hotels in the Orlando area. Rosen recently announced room expansions. In 1993, Rosen established the Tangelo Park Program to provide free preschool for youngsters and a college or trade school education for high school graduates living Rosen has donated millions to the YMCA of Central Florida and serves on the board of directors for the aquatic center. Gaines thanked Rosen for being his mentor. “There are no words for what this man means to me,” Gaines said. An Inaugural Swim The renaming event ended with Rosen and officials pulling the cover off one of the new signs for the aquatic center and was followed by a ceremonial swim. While competitive athletes were practicing at the southern end of the aquatic center, Rosen, Meisenheimer, Gaines and members of the Special Olympics team donned their swimsuits, jumped in the pool, and swam to the other side. Then the swimmers exited the pool and talked with the spectators. ª
On July 26, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association conducted a UCF Athletics Update membership luncheon, featuring Danny White, University of Central Florida’s vice president and director of athletics. The luncheon, held at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, featured insights from White relating to the growth in national recognition of the UCF athletics program. Currently, UCF has 280,000 alumni members and projects to exceed 420,000 by 2026. Additionally, more than 91 percent of the 2018 UCF football season tickets have sold out, a record-setting accomplishment for the program. The membership luncheon also featured the recognition of recent members of the month for their contributions to the association. Allied members of the month are Cindy Andrews of Sunbrite Outdoor Furniture, June; Rick Patterson of Associated Planners Group, July; and Ruthann DiLauri of Minuteman Press, August. Lodging members of the month are Charles Fisher of Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, June; Wade Michael of Quality www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x August 16 — September 5, 2018 x 13 TOURISM UPDATE submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (L. to r.) Charles Fisher, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association board member and general manager of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando; Steven Jamieson, CFHLA ex-officio board member and general manager of The Mall at Millenia; Jerry Demings, Orange County Sheriff and CFHLA-endorsed candidate for Orange County mayor; Rod Love, Orange County Commissioner District 2; and Jay Leonard, CFHLA board member and general manager of the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, attend last month’s CFHLA membership luncheon. Suites Royale Parc Suites, July; and John McCracken of Marriott Village Orlando, August. Danny White, University of Central Florida’s vice president and director of athletics, addresses nearly 300 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association members at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. ª Paid Political Advertisement paid for by the CFHLA Political Committee, 6675 Westwood Blvd., Suite 210, Orlando, FL 32821, independently of any candidate. This advertisement was not approved by any candidate. For more information on the CFHLA-PC, call 407-313-5035.