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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2013. PAGE 3A 0000'olh'ns College's new Alfond Inn benefits scholarship program WINTER PARK--The fi- nancial challenges facing higher education institu- tions throughout the coun- try are being addressed in a new and innovative way by one liberal arts college. Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., recently opened The Alfond Inn with net operating income designated for a permanently endowed scholarship fund. What's unique about it is that all the net proceeds help fund full- ride student scholarships at Rollins. Itwas built by a lead gift of $12.5 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation, established by Jewish phi- lanthropist Harold Alfond. The Inn, located a block from campus, not only meets a community need for lodging and conference space, but also provides full scholarships (tuition, room and board) for top students through The Al- fond Scholars program--the college's premier scholarship fund. The family has done so much for higher educa- tion-not.only for Rollins, but in the state of Maine. The family funds $500 of college scholarship to every student born in Maine. Net operating income from the Inn will be directed to the scholarship fund for the next 25 years or until the endow- ment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later. The Alfond Inn's annual net proceeds are expected to reach up to $3 million. To pay for the remaining $17.5 million in building expenses, Rollins used cash reserves in the form of an internal loan. "One of the most exciting aspects of this gift is that it's philanthropy supporting our long-term sustainable business model," said Rollins President Lewis Duncan. "In the competitive world of high- er education, we must employ creative problem solving and innovation. The Alfond Inn is our latest example of doing just that, and we thank the HaroidAlfond Foundation for enabling us to provide annual financial assistance to deserv- ing students and contributing significantly to our long-term endowment growth, while addressing strategic institu- tional and community need." A 2008 strategic planning session of the board of trustees at Rollins College sparked the idea for the Inn. "Our plans initially stalled due to the challenges of find- ing a hotel developer to invest in the property," said Jeffrey G. Eisenbarth, vice president for business and finance at Rol- lins College. "We met with the Harold Alfond Foundation, a longtime Rollins supporter, and together we developed this unique opportunity that helps the community and our college." The gift is the latest and largest in a long history of contributions to Rollins Col- lege by the Alfond family. The late HaroldAlfond received an honorary doctorate from the college in 1997. He and his late wife, Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond, who themselves were gener- ous contributors to Rollins, saw two of their sons gradu- ate from Rollins. Two of their grandchildren also attended the college. Their son Ted Alfond (Class of '68) is cur- rently a college trustee, and Ted's wife, Barbara Lawrence Alfond, is also a graduate of the Class of '68 as well as a former Rollins trustee. "My father had a strong fondness for Rollins, and this project would have been right up his alley," said Ted Alfond. "He was a businessman who liked entrepreneurial, creative ideas--and this project is both. Rollins will capitalize on a commercial opportunity to fund student scholarships. As the Inn achieves business success, the scholarship pro- gram's impact will continue to grow. My father would have loved it." In addition, Orlando-based Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. managed the planning, archi- tecture, interior design and landscape architecture for the Alfond Inn, andAtlanta-based Hardin Construction served as the general contractor for the project. Special showing of 'BESA: The ['"omise' The Holocaust Center in Maitland has announced a partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival, Rizwan Zaman on behalf of the Ho- locaust Center, The Islamic Society of Central Florida and the Enzian Theater to present a special screening of the documentary"BESA: The Promise" on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 12 p.m. It is a part of Central Florida's Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht--the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution. A remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations are hosting a series of events to promote respect and diversity in our society, and to empower our community to speak out against injustice. More infor- mation about the community- wide collaboration is online at Kristallnacht2013.org. The film explores the nev- er-before-told story of the Muslims of Nazi-occupied Albania who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II. The story is told through the experiences of two men joined together in a remarkable and unexpected quest: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer, and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian toy-shop owner. When these two men meet, an extraordi- nary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in courtesy of Norman Gershman Rexhep Hoxha, an Alba- nian whose 'besa' was to return a family's precious books. motion--one that bridges generations and religions... uniting fathers and sons... Muslims and Jews. Duringthe Holocaust,Alba- nian families--following their strong national tradition of "besa,"which is often translated as a promise or word of honor, offered safety to people in need, thus saving the lives of Jews liv- ing inAlbaniaand those fleeing from other nations. Hoxha's family was among these re- markable rescuers, and one of his goals is to return precious books to members of the Jew- ish family his father sheltered during the Holocaust, fulfilling a promise he made to his father many years before. Hoxha began the journey to find the Aladjem family without any idea where they had finally settled. With de- tective work, a bit of luck, and the determination to fulfill his promise, Hoxha and his son travel to Palestine, a jour- ney brilliantly documented by Gershman and his crew. Gershman, who grew up in New Jersey in a community with Lithuanians, Italians, Polish and Jewish people, seemed born to question why coexistence was so difficult-- a philosophical quest that made him determined to document the bravery and compassion of the Albanians toward others. To date, "Besa: The Prom- ise" has received numerous awards, including the Spe- cial Jury Award at the 13th Festival of Albanian Film, Best Documentary at the 2013 Washington Jewish Festival and the 2013 Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and Best Documentary and Best Director at the 2013 Beaufort International Film Festival. With this film, Gershman shares this belief: "This little country, doing what they did, they have something to teach the world." Additional information about the film, including ticket information, can be found at both Enzian.com and Holocaustedu.org or by calling 407-628-0555. Temple Israel Sisterhood annual shopping adventure Temple Israel Sisterhood will be going on its third shopping trip to the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 3. The group will travel south on an air-conditioned bus from the Jewish Academy of Orlando's parking lot at 8 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. Bagels, snacks and water will be available and a comedy video movie will be shown during the ride. During the return trip the bus will stop at Glick's Kosher Market in Delray Beach. They have a variety of kosher foods for purchase. The cost is $45 per person. Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat, call Shirley Gold at 407-772-2899. The Alfond Inn, located in Winter Park. 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