FAB/HARRIS ROSEN – HERO
UNSUNG HERO DONATES MILLIONS TO POOR NEIGHBOURHOOD.
Harris Rosen owns seven hotels in Orlando, Florida, but hasn’t always been wealthy. The 73-year-old grew up a son of poor immigrants in New York City.
Twenty years ago, having amassed a fortune, Rosen decided to give back. He targeted the Orlando neighborhood of Tangelo Park — a crime-infested place where people were afraid to walk down the street and the high school graduation rate was 25 percent.
The first thing he did was provide day care for every parent. Next, he offered to pay the Florida state college tuition for any student from his adopted community of 2500 residents. It was amazing what Rosen’s nine million dollar investment accomplished.
Today, the crime rate has been cut in half and the graduation rate is near one hundred percent.