Church of Scientology Opens Facilities to Residents

CLEARWATER, Fla., May 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This week, the Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology’s international religious retreat in Clearwater since 1975, released its summer calendar of events for the general public featuring two large celebrations.

Executives and staff of local non-profits in the Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom during February’s Charity Coalition

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The first is a brunch on May 21st, in honor of Armed Forces Day and will be held in the Fort Harrison’s beautiful auditorium. A judicial guest will speak on the rights and freedoms our Armed Forces protect. There will also be a special acknowledgment of our veterans and active duty military and a gourmet brunch buffet prepared by award-winning Chefs.

The Church’s next Charity Coalition luncheon is Wednesday, June 29th in the Fort Harrison’s crystal ballroom. Established in September 2014 as a bi-monthly event, the Charity Coalition luncheon provides an opportunity for board and staff of local nonprofit organizations to network and expand their resources. Each luncheon hosts an average of 120 guests.

“Since the late 1920s, the Fort Harrison has been the place to come for meetings and special community events and we are proud to continue this tradition,” stated Mrs. Pat Harney, the spokesperson for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. “Since its top to bottom restoration in 2009, the Fort Harrison has held some 500 community events. It is our pleasure to provide our public rooms such as our conference rooms, auditorium, ballroom and others for events by like-minded community groups and individuals.”

Community events that have been held in the Fort Harrison include an appreciation dinner in April held in the Auditorium for over 350 volunteers and supporters of nonprofits and humanitarian initiatives from the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Bob Dillinger, Public Defender for Pinellas and Pasco County, was the keynote speaker.

“When the Church does something they do it right. I have been to the Fort Harrison numerous times and I brought a bunch of new people and friends and they all loved it,” stated Robert Dooley, founder of Gulf Matters charity.

In August 2015, the Church hosted a concert in celebration of the City of Clearwater’s Centennial. Award-winning performers showcased vignettes of the City’s rich musical history for some 400 guests. Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos, was one of the guest speakers and several stars graced the stage, including actress Ann Archer and jazz legend Chick Corea. “Many long-time Clearwater residents have fond memories of the historic Clearwater icon and those who have used the facilities love coming back to the Fort Harrison to reawaken those memories,” stated Mrs. Harney.

For more information on events held in the Fort Harrison, please call the Public Affairs Office at 727-467-6860, or visit the Public Information Center located at 500 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755.

About the Fort Harrison:
Since its construction in 1927, the Fort Harrison has been the home to many charitable events and community organizations. The Fort Harrison’s current owner, the Church of Scientology, has hosted over 500 community events there since its top to bottom restoration in 2009. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard and incorporated in 1954. It has since expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. To learn more, visit

Contact: Jennifer Webb 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization