“Harris Rosen, whose name is most often associated with his world class resorts, hotels and restaurants, is also much admired for his philanthropy in Central Florida and beyond. He was honored by the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida in 2014 because his philanthropy speaks clearly to the Holocaust Center’s mission of working to create a more just, respectful and compassionate world. Mr. Rosen is a great example of the kind of philanthropist who does the most good. He gives because he is grateful. He gives from his heart and empowers the groups he serves. He is an inspiration for future generations of philanthropists.”
Pamela C. Kancher l Executive Director
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of FL
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ORLANDO (March 21, 2016) – This Easter and Mother’s Day, Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando celebrates with special holiday brunches and welcome packages for the entire family to enjoy.
Featuring magnificent spreads that include seafood, breakfast entrees, salads, desserts and more – accompanied by champagne to toast the holidays – Rosen Hotels & Resorts will more than fulfill any and every Easter and Mother’s Day brunch expectation, creating more time for the important things, like spending time with family and friends, relaxing in the sun and celebrating the holiday in the true spirit of thankfulness and joy. Families can enjoy the complimentary valet parking always offered for all guests dining at one of the hotel restaurants.
In addition to its renowned brunches, guests can enjoy special weekend stays over Easter and Mother’s Day weekend – one more delightful way to say thank you to mom by giving the gift of bliss.
March 27 Easter Brunch and Overnight Stay Packages
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Annually hosted in one of its magnificent ballrooms with everything from ice sculptures to a full video wall with images of the season, Easter brunch at Rosen Plaza is always a delight. Guests enjoy a buffet feast of more than 30 dishes, a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne and complimentary valet parking. The magnificent brunch buffet spread includes soup, omelet and carving stations with Prime Rib and Smoked Pork Loin; antipasto and chilled salads, including oysters on the half shell, chilled shrimp, cheese plates, fruit, veggies and more; hot buffet items like Hibachi Grilled Chicken and Grilled Vegetable Ravioli; and a decadent dessert station with delicacies like Double Chocolate Torte and Easter Rum Cake to help satisfy every sweet craving. March 27 from 11am to 4pm; $41.95 per adult, $18.95 ages four to 10, and kids three and under eat for free, tax and service charge not included. $5 Florida resident discount automatically deducted at time of advance purchase. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-0256 or visit rosenplaza.com/Easter for more information and to make a reservation.
Rosen Centre Hotel
Guests enjoy the best of Rosen Centre’s culinary team on Easter Day for the hotel’s grand holiday brunch. Featuring a delightful buffet of holiday favorites paired with complimentary champagne and mimosas – from soups and salads to fresh fruit and cheese plates, a seafood station, specialty items like sushi rolls and braised pork, a risotto and pasta bar, entrees ranging from Herb Crusted Chicken to Braised Short Ribs, and a carving station featuring Prime Rib and Lamb. Traditional breakfast is available at the omelet and waffle station, as well as a mouth-watering array of desserts for a sweet finish. Buffet is available on Easter Day, March 27 from 11am to 5pm; $46.95 per adult, $17.95 for children ages four to 12, and kids three and under eat for free, tax and service charge not included. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-8551 or visit rosencentre.com/Easter for more information and to make a reservation.
Easter Stay Package Guests are invited to enjoy an Easter in the sun—full of delicious food, lovely surroundings and friends and family—with this bountiful holiday package that includes a guestroom at a special Easter rate, our exquisite Easter Brunch for two featuring everything from fresh seafood and sushi, to an omelet and waffle station and specialty entrees, accompanied by complimentary champagne and mimosas. Guests can relax and soak up the holiday with 20 percent off The Spa at Rosen Centre, complimentary valet parking and complimentary access to the fitness center. $189, plus tax. Available March 26 only. Call 407-996-9840 or visit rosencentre.com/Easter for more information.
Rosen Shingle Creek
The perfect holiday delight, Rosen Shingle Creek’s bountiful Easter Day Buffet features unlimited champagne and mimosas and more than 40 classic favorites and inventive dishes. From a selection of soups and salads – like Corn Blini with Foie Gras Mousse, Salmon Tartare Cornets and Shrimp, Avocado & Blood Orange Salad with Pickled Ginger – to cheese, fruit, antipasto and bruschetta bars, as well as a seafood, dim sum, chef’s carving station and a variety of entrees, there is something for everyone. Even the “make your own pasta” station offers guests the opportunity to be their own chef. An extensive dessert buffet includes cheesecake to breakfast pastries to an abundance of chocolate treats– the perfect final course. Florida residents and hotel guests enjoy a 25 percent discount, not applicable to alcohol. March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. $65.95 per adult, $29.95 for children four to 11, and ages three and under eat for free; not including tax and service charge. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-3663 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/Easter to learn more or to make a reservation.
Easter Stay Package Guests save more the longer they stay this Easter with the weekend retreat package offering relaxing stays in one of the hotel’s elegant guest rooms – an early visit from the Easter Bunny this year. Each stay begins with a complimentary Easter basket, and guests enjoy 25 percent off the renowned Sunday Easter brunch buffet at Café Osceola, as well as at the spa, golf club and more. Detective skills will be put to the test at the grand Easter egg hunt Sunday morning from 11 to 11:30am, with prizes ranging from stays at the hotel to hotel restaurant gift certificates, and one lucky guest will find the golden egg in his or her guest room. Available March 24-28, the packages start at $149 for one night, $139 per night for two nights and $129 per night for three nights, plus applicable taxes. Available March 24 – 28, plus applicable taxes. Call 407-996-6338 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/Easter for reservations.
May 8 Mother’s Day Brunch and Guest Packages
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Mother’s Day Brunch
This Mother’s Day, the entire family is invited to celebrate mom in a grand way at the Rosen Plaza’s Mother’s Day Brunch, hosted in the hotel’s grand ballroom and featuring a delightful array of gourmet treats prepared specially for mom. Guests enjoy complimentary mimosas and champagne, and can choose from a host of options, like an omelet cooked to order, Florida Conch Chowder from the soup station, or Oysters on-the-Half Shell and Chilled Shrimp. The carving station features Roast Prime Rib and Roast Pork Steamship Adobe, and antipasto and chilled salads ranging from seafood and fresh fruit to garden salads and fresh pastries are just the beginning of a menu packed with delicious surprises, including a full dessert station. Mother’s Day, May 8, 11am to 4pm. $41.95 per adult, $18.95 for children aged four to 11, and children under four eat for free; tax and service charge not included. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-0256 or visit rosenplaza.com/MothersDay for more information.
Mother’s Day Overnight Stay The ideal overnight retreat to spoil mom this Mother’s Day, this package says thank you with a restful stay in one of the newly refreshed guest rooms, complete with Mother’s Day brunch for two including mimosas and champagne and 25 percent off at Jack’s Place and Café Matisse. Mom and dad—or the entire family—can enjoy a relaxing day soaking up the sun poolside after enjoying a delicious buffet brunch in the Grand Ballroom that includes a soup, omelet and carving station, antipasto and salads like House Cured Lox and Chipotle-Lime Smoked Salmon and Baby Kale and Edamame Salad, entrees of Seared Chicken and Oven Poached Codfish, and a dessert station that starts with Mom’s Apple Crumb Pie. Starting at $149 per night, with an optional room upgrade to a suite for an additional $75 per night. Applicable taxes and fees not included. Available May 7, additional nights at $89 per night are available upon request (does not include holiday buffet). Call 407-996-9700 or visit rosenplaza.com for more information.
Rosen Centre Hotel
Mother’s Day Brunch
What better way to say thank you this Mother’s Day than with a special brunch to celebrate mom together with the family at Orlando’s finest full gourmet buffet brunch with complimentary champagne to toast the holiday. Guests choose from a mouth-watering selection of soups, antipasto and salads to start, featuring delicacies like Couscous Salad with Shrimp and Mint, and Fresh Fruit Ambrosia, as well as an international and domestic cheese display. A seafood station offering snow crab claws, shrimp and smoked salmon, as well as a specialty station, risotto and pasta bar, entrée station and carving station serving Prime Rib and Garlic & Rosemary Crusted Spring Lamb are just the prequel to a delicious finale at the decadent dessert station. May 8 from 11am to 5pm; $46.95 per adult, $17.95 for children ages four to 12, and kids three and under eat for free, tax and service charge not included. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-8551 or visit rosencentre.com for more information and to make a reservation.
Mother’s Day Overnight Stay What better way to show Mom the love than with a relaxing getaway with pampering from sun up to sun down! Enjoy deluxe accommodations and scrumptious breakfast buffet for two at the hotel’s Café Gauguin. Then spend the day poolside lounging or treat Mom to an array of treatments from facials, massage therapy and more with 20 percent off services at The Spa at Rosen Centre. Mother’s Day makeovers or primping for a night on the town is easy at the spa’s full service salon with hair, makeup and nail services. Package includes complimentary valet parking and complimentary access to the fitness center. $159, plus tax. Available May 6 – 8. Call 407-996-9840 or visit rosencentre.com for more information.
Rosen Shingle Creek
Mother’s Day Brunch
Rosen Shingle Creek’s delectable Mother’s Day Buffet will entice Mom from the heart of her home to the heart of ours to enjoy more than 40 dishes from our dedicated culinary team… working almost as hard as Mom does to create a feast worthy of her family. Featuring unlimited champagne and mimosas and an array of chef’s stations, there’s something for every member of the family. Salads, soups, cheese and fruit displays, made-to-order omelets, pasta bar, carving stations, as well as seafood, sushi, Rosen’s Perfect Pizza, flowing chocolate fountains, cakes, pies and more galore. Florida residents and hotel guests enjoy a 25 percent discount, not applicable to alcohol. May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. $65.95 per adult, $29.95 for children four to 11, and ages three and under eat for free; not including tax and service charge. Includes complimentary valet parking. Call 407-996-3663 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/MothersDay to learn more or to make a reservation.
Mother’s Day Overnight Stay Mom can relax at Orlando’s top AAA Four Diamond hotel. Complete with a stay in one of the luxurious guest rooms or suites, a delightful Mother’s Day brunch and activities to relax and rejuvenate, it’s the perfect getaway gift to say thank you this Mother’s Day. Guests enjoy a two-night stay in one of the elegant guestrooms for $399, or upgrade to a beautiful one-bedroom suite for $499. Each reservation includes a $50 food and beverage credit and a 25 percent discount on Mother’s Day Brunch, The Spa at Shingle Creek and individual golf lessons at Brad Brewer Golf Academy, as well as a special “I Love Mom Amenity.” Available May 6 – 8, tax and service charge not included. Must book brunch reservation at time of room reservation. Call 407-996-6338 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/MothersDay.
First 2016 Event Features Five-Course Gourmet Meal and Special Guest Reception with Winemaker Eric Weis of Acclaimed Silver Oak Cellar
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ORLANDO (March 6, 2016) – Rosen Centre’s popular wine dinner series kicks off its 10th year of culinary adventures with the same delectable menus from the hotel’s acclaimed Everglades restaurant, but with a new twist and a new name. The popular events are now expanding to feature not only a five-course gourmet dinner expertly paired with wines of equal stature, but now guests of the newly named Vine & Dine Winemaker Series will be able to enjoy meeting and becoming intimately educated by the winemaker themselves.
The 2016 Vine & Dine Winemaker Series will feature three dinners this year, starting with the March 14 event which will showcase selections from the acclaimed Silver Oak Cellar and a special appearance from Silver Oak winemaker Nate Weis. The event begins with a special reception at 6:30 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Nate Weis in one of the hotel’s opulent Presidential Suites, a special treat to kick off the series.
After enjoying a 2014 Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc in the suite, guests will then adjourn at 7 p.m. to the renowned Everglades restaurant, offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades. Here they will enjoy a four-course dinner with seasonal ingredients punctuating each course expertly created by Head Chef Fred Vlachos, inducted in 2014 into Orlando Magazine’s Dining Hall of Fame, and wines selected by Weis that feature favorites from the Silver Oak and Twomey Wine Cellars to perfectly complement the menu.
Chef Fred will start guests with Seared Scallop with Celery Root Cream, Roasted Cipolini Onion and Candied Grapes paired with the 2014 Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc. For the second course, Braised Rabbit with Dijon Rosemary Sauce is paired with the 2013 Twomey Cellars Russian River Pinot Noir. A Coconut Pineapple Sorbet follows to cleanse the palate. A tantalizing fourth course features Porcini Crusted Lamb Rack with a Smoked Paprika Sauce paired with 2011 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. For the fifth course, guests are invited to enjoy a fromage selection featuring Mimolete, Petite Basque, Reypenaer Gouda served with Apricot Moscato Puree, Fig and Port Puree paired with 2011 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Freshly brewed coffee and petit fours finish the elegant meal.
Weis, who earned his Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from University of California Davis and his Executive Master of Business Administration degree in Wine Business from Sonoma State University, has been a Cellar Master at Etude Wines, Assistant Winemaker at Patz & Hall Wine Company and Winemaker for Antica Napa Valley and Aril Wines.
Vine & Dine guests will be able to purchase bottles of Silver Oak wine which Weis will autograph that evening.
The first event is Monday, March 14, 2016, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Price is $125 per person plus tax and service charge and includes complimentary valet parking. Each Vine & Dine event is an intimate dining experience at the hotel’s award-winning Everglades restaurant, limited to 50 guests. Reservations are required, 407-996-8560. Rosen Centre is at 9840 International Drive in Orlando.
About Rosen Centre Rosen Centre is a recipient of the Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. The hotel features nine dining and lounging options ranging from ample sumptuous buffets to fresh sushi, inventive tapas, New York Jewish-style noshes to contemporary poolside dining and sophisticated dinners at Everglades restaurant. For pre- or post-dining relaxation, guests are invited to enjoy luxurious treatments at The Spa at Rosen Centre. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.
About Silver Oak Cellars Silver Oak Cellars is a Ray Duncan family-owned California winery dedicated to exclusively producing Cabernet Sauvignon. For over 40 years, Silver Oak has produced distinctive, award-winning Cabernets that are food-friendly, extensively aged to be drinkable upon release. The winery makes two wines at two separate facilities: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its winery in Oakville, CA and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its winery in Geyserville, CA. The Duncan family also established Twomey Cellars, another California winery, to pursue other varietals besides Cabernet Sauvignon. Using the same philosophy that has guided Silver Oak since its founding, Twomey strives to make exceptional, food-friendly wines that are drinkable upon release. For more information, visit www.silveroak.com.
Relax at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre or Rosen Shingle Creek, and Enjoy a Luxurious and Romantic Weekend Away
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ORLANDO (Feb. 9, 2016) – Forget the over-packed restaurants, wait lists and missed reservations – this Valentine’s Day Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando offers the perfect set of packages to make your romantic weekend as relaxing and stress free as possible, so you can focus on spending quality time with that special someone.
From award-winning guest rooms to creative dining and lounging options, relaxing private poolside cabanas, a championship golf course and full service spas, Rosen Hotels & Resorts makes it easy to fall in love all over again.
Whether it be a special, four-course Valentine’s dinner, breakfast in bed, or strawberries and champagne, every package offers little details to make you and your loved one feel spoiled on this special weekend.
Overnight Night Stay and Enjoy Packages
All Rosen Hotels & Resorts overnight stay packages including complimentary in-room WiFi and complimentary shuttle service to area theme parks (reservations required; please contact the hotel for specific theme parks).
Rosen Plaza’s Sweetheart’s Valentine’s Day Package
Celebrate love with an Orlando weekend retreat – relax and dine in style with your sweetheart in the newly redone Rosen Plaza. In the evening, savor a romantic dinner for two at the iconic Jack’s Place restaurant, featuring a special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu. Wake up to a full American breakfast buffet for two in Café Matisse the next morning, then relax together by the poolside bar, or enjoy a stroll through Pointe Orlando, the 17-acre open air shopping and entertainment complex located right across the street from Rosen Plaza. Available on Feb. 13and 14 for $239 per night plus applicable taxes. Additional room nights can be added for guestroom only (does not include dining) for $135 per night plus applicable taxes. Call 407-996-9702 to book your reservation, or visit rosenplaza.com.
Rosen Centre’s Be My Valentine Package
Be treated to a relaxing stay for two in one of Rosen Centre’s elegant guestrooms, featuring a special four-course wine pairing dinner at Everglades restaurant designed for the perfect romantic Valentine’s evening, buffet breakfast for two the next morning at Café Gauguin and complimentary valet parking. Enjoy the elegant tropical touches at Everglades while relishing the unique flavor, authentic Florida flare, and fresh, local ingredients that make every dish an experience to savor. $279 per night, plus applicable taxes. Available Feb. 12-14, call 800-204-7234 to make a reservation, or visit rosencentre.com.
Rosen Centre’s Sweet Couple’s Retreat Package
For the wine connoisseur and spa lover – enjoy a weekend getaway filled with wine and romance at Rosen Centre in Orlando this Valentine’s Day. Pamper yourself with a stay in one our elegant guestrooms, while indulging with two 50-minute Swedish massage treatments at The Spa at Rosen Centre. Renew romance with a four-course wine pairing dinner at Everglades restaurant, with buffet breakfast for two at Café Gauguin the following morning. Complimentary valet parking and access to the fitness center, steam rooms and outdoor tropical swimming pool guarantee a luxurious, stress-free stay. Available Feb. 12- 14 for $499 per night plus applicable taxes. Call 800-204-7234 for reservations, or visit rosencentre.com.
Rosen Shingle Creek’s Sweet Retreat
Luxuriate at the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek Feb. 12 and 13, starting with complimentary chocolate strawberries and champagne in your deluxe private guest room, featuring stunning views of the 230 acre grounds located alongside Shingle Creek and boasting one of the best championship golf courses in the area. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in bed the following morning, then relax in a private poolside cabana, available for reservation. Be sure to ask about the Prix Fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for two, available for an additional charge and with reservations at A Land Remembered and Cala Bella, the hotel’s two fine dining restaurants. Package guests enjoy 30 percent off at The Spa at Shingle Creek, Shingle Creek Golf Club and select dining outlets. $299 per night, plus applicable taxes. Optional upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for an additional $50 per night. Call 866-996-6338 for reservations, or visit rosenshinglecreek.com.
Romantic Dinner and Spa Only Packages
Guests don’t need to stay overnight to enjoy the impeccable service and inventive offerings at Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Whether it’s a romantic escape to The Spa at Rosen Centre or dining at Rosen Shingle Creek’s two AAA Four Diamond restaurants, there’s something to fulfill every couple’s Valentine’s Day tastes and desires.
The Spa at Rosen Centre Valentine’s Couples Experience
What better way to celebrate love than with a rejuvenating day for two at the spa? A chocolate lover’s dream, relax and be soothed with a chocolate covered couples’ massage that uses chocolate strawberry oil to relax the body and promote smooth skin. Then enjoy a full couple’s chocolate pedicure that features a berry exfoliating scrub and chocolate hydrating mask to soften and sooth, and is topped off with a chocolate oil massage. Each experience includes complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries and a glass of Poinsettia champagne cocktail for each. Enjoy an entire day relaxing at Rosen Centre, with special access to steam rooms and the hotel’s outdoor tropical swimming pool. $350 total before taxes and gratuity ($475 value), available Feb. 12-14. Call 407-996-1248 to reserve, or visit rosencentre.com.
Rosen Plaza’s Jack’s Place Valentine’s Dinner
L’Amour is on the menu at Jack’s Place restaurant at Rosen Plaza where Head Chef Michael McMullen and team present an a la carte menu with gourmet offerings sure to set the Valentine’s Day mood. Dine under the stars – autographed caricatures of the twentieth century’s most fabulous and famous courtesy of Harris Rosen’s talented father Jack, the restaurant’s namesake. Enjoy mouthwatering dishes including Pan Seared Filet Mignon over black truffle oil finished with a Honeymoon Cherry Cordial Layered Cheesecake Mousse. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 407-996-9700, ext. 1787, or visit rosenplaza.com.
Rosen Centre’s Everglades Valentine’s Dinner
Enjoy a gourmet Valentine’s four-course dinner for two, with wine pairing included. Feast from the prix-fixe dinner special at Everglade’s restaurant, which features exciting fresh takes on traditional Florida favorites. Available Feb. 12, 13 and 14 for $69.50 per person plus tax and service charge. Relax and let the talented team serve your every culinary need, regardless of where you’re staying the night. Call 407-996-8551 for reservations, or visit rosencentre.com.
Rosen Centre’s Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill Valentine’s Dinner
Cozy up poolside at Rosen Centre’s newest dining venue for a romantic four-course dinner for two at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill. Head Chef Tello’s Floribbean cuisine sets the mood for dining by moonlight. Unlimited champagne, a white and dark chocolate fondue and live music provide the finishing aphrodisiacs for a Valentine’s evening to remember. Available Feb. 13 and 14 for $45 per person plus tax and service charge. Call 407-996-3970 for reservations, or visit rosencentre.com.
Rosen Shingle Creek’s Prix Fixe Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Celebrate with a four-course dinner for two at one of Rosen Shingle Creek’s premier AAA Four Diamond restaurants. Choose between a surf and turf prix fixe menu at A Land Remembered, featuring pan-seared scallops, lobster and Chateaubriand, or the delicate Italian notes of Bruschetta, Shrimp and Candele Alla Norma at Cala Bella. Available Feb. 12-14 for $75 per person, plus tax and service charge. Call 407-996-3663 for reservations, or visit rosenshinglecreek.com.
About Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Over the past 41 years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has grown from 256 to approximately 6,300 rooms, approximately six percent of the total guest rooms in Central Florida. Today, the Rosen family of hotels, which includes the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek, the award-winning Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza, and four leisure properties ideally located in the Orlando tourist corridor, including Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn closest to Universal, Rosen Inn International and the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, remain committed to providing outstanding value for all guests. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com or call 866-33-ROSEN.
ORLANDO (September 14, 2015) — Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando announced today that the company’s three convention hotels have been awarded the coveted APEX designation for sustainable meetings standards. The APEX initiative is a partnership of the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and ASTM International and is the meetings industry’s first standards designation for environmentally sustainable meetings.
The 1501-room Rosen Shingle Creek, 1334-room Rosen Centre and 800-room Rosen Plaza are the first hotels in Central Florida to receive the coveted designation for venue and accommodations. To earn the certification, the company underwent a vigorous evaluation process, known as being one of the most detailed and comprehensive of its kind.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts is a dedicated leader of environmental practices in the hospitality industry. The company’s three convention hotels were the first in Central Florida and the state to receive the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Two Palm designation in 2007 and Three Palm designation in 2009 for remarkable conservation practices. In 2009, owner Harris Rosen received the Legacy Award, Sustainable Florida’s highest honor. Most recently in 2012, the company built its first LEED Certified building, the 12,000 square-foot Rosen Medical Center, a Place for Healing and Wellness.
“As a company, we’ve always been dedicated to environmentally sound practices and keenly focused on evaluating and improving our green standards whenever possible,” said DeeDee Baggitt, Director of Engineering & Facilities, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “This spans to services that would benefit those hosting ‘green’ meetings at our hotels, which is why we are so honored and pleased to have obtained the APEX designation.”
Meeting planners looking for options for hosting an environmentally sustainable meeting or event will find a comprehensive menu of programs created by the company, and most importantly ways to measure results to show the impact a group’s efforts have made.
“Groups and meetings are as important to us as are our company’s green efforts — vital to how we evaluate our success as a business and as a global community partner,” said Leslie Menichini, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Marrying our environmentally sustainable business philosophy to those groups who want to make a positive eco-impact at their meetings at our hotels is just another way we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.”
Groups interested in learning more about hosting a sustainable meeting or event at one of the three Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ convention properties can visit www.rosenhotels.com/greenmeetings.
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 (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 www.rosenhotels.com.
Forty years ago, with a single hotel and a dream, Harris Rosen changed Orlando’s meetings landscape forever.
Professionally Produced Outdoor Ice Skating Show Features Sought-After Pro and Competitive Skaters from Across the U.S.
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ORLANDO (Oct. 21, 2014) — The holidays have always been a special time to visit Orlando, but this year, the award-winning Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive is helping both visitors and locals create a new fun-filled family tradition – Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre.
Celebrating its inaugural year, Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre is Orlando’s only professionally produced poolside, outdoor, theatrical ice skating extravaganza. Nowhere else in Orlando – or perhaps the world – can guests sit outdoors next to a beautiful Olympic-size tropical swimming pool, surrounded by swaying palm trees, enjoying average December in Orlando highs of 72.9° F – all while watching an incredible ice skating and light show. This intimate and totally unique setting places guests as close as an arm’s length from a cast of six highly sought-after competitive and professional skaters, hand selected from around the United States especially for the Rosen Centre show.
The holiday-themed spectacular features individual, couples and ensemble performances set to traditional holiday music “with a twist.” Dazzling, custom-designed costumes adorned with sparkling Swarovski™ crystals add to the ambiance of the evening show, particularly during the jaw-dropping opening number, “Let There Be Light,” which literally lights up the entire Rosen Centre hotel – all 24 floors! There’s also a little comedy in the 45-minute production, as skaters present a light-hearted spoof of Olympic skating rivalries.
The show was written and produced specifically for Rosen Centre by professional figure skater, Alex Wilfand, owner of Ice Creative Entertainment. Wilfand has produced ice skating events worldwide for organizations including Disney on Ice, the National Hockey League and Gaylord Palms Resorts, as well as numerous music video and television events.
Wilfand personally selected the cast for Holidays on Ice, including four female and two male skaters, many of whom skate professionally for globally touring productions including Disney on Ice and for major theme parks and entertainment companies around the world. Many are former championship competitive figure skaters and ice dancers who have risen through the ranks of state, regional, sectional and national competitions before turning professional. One member of the cast is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The cast comes from as far as Texas, California and Washington State, while one is a Winter Park, Fla. native.
Wilfand is confident that Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre will make a big splash in Orlando. “There are many things to do in Orlando over the holidays, but there has never been anything like this before. Holidays on Ice is a completely one-of-a-kind show, like nothing you will ever see anywhere else,” he explained. “Guests will be able to see these incredible skaters up close and feel like a part of the show, all while sitting in a beautiful outdoor poolside setting under the stars. It promises to be truly magical.”
Todd Frappier, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosen Centre agrees. “Everybody is looking for something special to do during the holiday season, so we are proud to provide Rosen Centre guests as well as local residents with a brand new holiday tradition that’s both affordable and entertaining for the whole family.”
Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre is offered nightly Thursday through Sunday evenings from Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, until Dec. 28, including Christmas Day, as well as on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Two shows are offered nightly on Fridays and Saturdays. Each show includes a pre-show meet and greet with the cast and performances by carolers, as well as a post-performance photo opportunity with the cast. Tickets for Holidays on Ice are $25 per person; children under age 3 are complimentary.
Guests who dine at Rosen Centre, including the new Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill, can purchase a show ticket at a significant discount (some restrictions apply). Special discounts also are available for those who purchase the Thanksgiving or Christmas Day
To make it a truly memorable evening, Rosen Centre is offering specially priced accommodations packages including Holidays on Ice tickets. Visit www.rosencenter.com/holidays for specific dates and show times, to make dining or accommodations reservations and to pre-purchase tickets. Holidays on Ice is also accepting bookings for corporate holiday parties, birthday parties and other private events. Please call 407-996-6155.
The Holidays on Ice skating rink will be open for public skating Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the show season, as well as Dec. 22-30. Price is $12 per person which includes skate rental and two hours of skating time on the synthetic rink. And, for just $15, guests of all ages can book a 15-minute private skating lesson with one of the stars of the show.
About Alex Wilfand
Alex Wilfand, owner of Ice Creative Entertainment, has produced ice skating events worldwide for organizations including Disney on Ice, the National Hockey League, Gaylord Palms Resorts and the University of Central Florida, as well as various music video and television events. Skating since age 7, Wilfand trained in Boston and rose through the ranks as a national competitor, along with Olympians including Alexi Yagudin of Russia and Surya Bonaly of France. He toured globally as a soloist with Disney on Ice, portraying some of Disney’s most beloved characters, before being tapped as a global casting consulting for The Walt Disney Company and assisting in the creation of Tokyo Disneyland’s White Holiday Ice Skating Parade. He is a member of the Professional Figure Skaters Association and was recently inducted into the United States Figure Skating Association’s Theatrical Skating Committee. Over the years, he has coached numerous national medalists and international competitors.