I-Drive Hotelier Organizes Immediate Community Opportunity to Raise $1,000,000 for Urgently Needed Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

Important Update
 
Note: For the first time, March 19-21, the public will be able to view the Little Haiti House, a low-cost, eco-friendly, earthquake and hurricane-resistant home developed for use in Haiti by Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen. Attendees may walk through the 36’ x 12’ model home at the Central Florida Home & Garden Show in Hall North B in the Orange County Convention Center’s North/South complex off Universal Blvd. See how renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, as well as plant-based fuels, make this a smart and affordable solution to Haiti’s rebuilding effort. Donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent of contributions going directly to the Rosen Haiti Relief Fund. For the latest information on the Haitian relief effort, visit www.rosenhotels.com/haiti.
 
Guests can also see the house and support the Relief Fund while sampling gourmet cuisine on Saturday, March 20 from 6-9 p.m. during a special after-hours fundraising event, “Rosen Hotels’ Homeowners for Haiti.” For just $25, which includes free admission to the show, guests can sample a mix of sweet and savory dishes from the award-winning Rosen Hotels’ restaurants, including Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza, Everglades at Rosen Centre and A Land Remembered and Cala Bella Italian bistro at Rosen Shingle Creek. Complimentary wine and non-alcoholic beverages are also included. This first-of-its-kind event was created specifically to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake through the Rosen Haiti Relief Fund. Tickets for this special event are limited and must be purchased in advance online. To purchase, go to www.FloridaHomeShows.com and enter in the special code, HAITIHOUSE.
 
For details on the Home & Garden Show, visit www.floridahomeshows.com or call 1-877-871-7469.
 
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Visitors to the International Drive Resort Area, businesses, partners and residents have a chance to join in the Haitian earthquake relief effort by making a financial contribution or by donating supplies.
 
The Harris Rosen Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, headed by I-Drive hotelier, Harris Rosen, has joined forces with Sen. Bill Nelson’s office and various local Haitian community leaders to provide direct assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In the past the Harris Rosen Foundation has collected and personally delivered food, water filters, school supplies and medical supplies to the citizens of Haiti. Now plans are underway to send emergency relief to those in need.
 
Luann Brooks, Executive Director of the International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District, encourages everyone to support this effort made possible by Rosen.
 
“The Harris Rosen Foundation offers all of us in the hospitality industry a chance to donate financially or by to provide specific items that are needed so desperately by those in Haiti who have been devastated by this tragedy. Please donate through one of the following two convenient methods by the Friday, Jan. 22 deadline so that we may contribute immediately to this effort.”
 
Rosen plans long-term relief effort after the immediate goal is reached and gave the campaign a kick-start with a $250,000 donation.
 
Make a financial contribution to the Harris Rosen Foundation:
100% of the contribution will go toward purchasing much needed supplies. All items will be delivered by the Foundation’s own task force with the help of Senator Bill Nelson’s office. All donations are tax-deductible. Download the donation form.
 
Donate supplies to help in immediate relief efforts:
Please donate items from the following list:
· Please do not donate clothes, shoes or food at this time.
· Blankets.
· Towels and Washcloths.
· Hygiene Products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
· First Aid Kits.
· Antibiotics.
· Medical Supplies (bandages, gauze, peroxide, etc.)
· Bug Spray.
· Flashlights and Batteries.
 
The most convenient drop-off location for I-Drive visitors and businesses is the Rosen Centre Hotel, I-Ride Trolley stop 27, 9840 International Drive, Orlando 32819.
 
Additional locations include:
First Haitian Baptist Church of Orlando
4701 Lennox Blvd., Orlando 32811
Child Development Center of Orlando (7a.m. - 6 p.m.)
11553 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Orlando 32836
Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention
641 N. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando 32805
Jewish Community Center Maitland Campus
851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland 32751
Jewish Community Center Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus
11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando 32836
 
For more information, please visit www.rosenhotels.com/haiti.
2/25/2010