In 1993, Harris Rosen “adopted” a run-down, drug-infested section of Orlando called Tangelo Park. Rosen offers free preschool for all children prior to kindergarten and a free college education for high school graduates. Today, the high school graduation rate for Tangelo Park is 100 percent. And no, that is not a typo. (5 photos total)
1“When people have the resources to go and succeed, there’s a ripple effect. It becomes generational.” – Donna Wilcox, Rosen scholarship recipient
2“I will be involved in the program until Tangelo Park is a gated community and the average home is selling for $1 million. Then I’m gone.” – Harris Rosen
3Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat point guard, visits Tangelo Park Elementary School during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando to host an FCAT rally and donate $100,000 to the school.
4A Tangelo Park resident expresses her joy and appreciation for Rosen’s help in supporting her children and her community.
5“I fell in love with the neighborhood,” says Rosen. “I knew I wanted to do some type of scholarship program for them.”