The Top 5 is pleased to bring a heartwarming report on a special Habitat for Humanity project: The Jack Rogers House. As many of you know, I grew up in Winter Park, as did my mother and grandmother, and Jack Rogers was one of my mother’s childhood friends. They still get together now to plan 50th high school reunions and such! So, when I heard a Habitat House had been built in his name, to honor all that he has given to the community, I thought this was pretty neat!
Jack Rogers was a former Navy officer who recently retired after 41 years as the Chairman/CEO of Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz, a Winter Park based architecture firm. He has taken an active part in many charities including Florida Hospital SHARES, Hospice of Central Florida, and the Boggy Creek Gang, a camp for children with chronic or life-threatening conditions. In addition he heads Friends of Casa Feliz, a historical home designed by his father, the famed James Gamble Rogers II, which was saved from demolition and now sits on Park Avenue near the golf course.
After his retirement from RFL, Jack’s friends decided to get together and honor him by building something for the community in his name. Habitat Humanity, started by Hal George and former Rollins President Thaddeus Seymour, seemed like the perfect project. Building its 46th house for a needy but deserving family, Habitat for Humanity used volunteers from groups like Trinity Preparatory School and All Saints Church. The Jack Rogers House is only the second of its kind that was sponsored by individuals, rather than the typical foundation or business.