Ellis Kent Orlowitz at groundbreaking of the Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center with wife Enid Lee. Upon completion in 1999, the building at 1265 NW 12 Avenue in Miami was named the Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center.
The late Ellis Kent Orlowitz was a savior to thousands of children in this community. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Orlowitz studied at Penn State University and worked at his father’s plumbing company. His father’s entrepreneurial spirit pushed Mr. Orlowitz to found Quaker Metals Company, an international importer and exporter of copper tubing. During the 1960s, Mr. Orlowitz became a wealthy man, eventually retiring from active business dealings at age 42. As a result of his many travels, he visited Miami and fell in love with the city.
Sheri L. Orlowitz
Almost 40 years later, while battling the end stages of emphysema, Mr. Orlowitz charged ahead seeking to do good with the fortune he had amassed as a successful businessman. He had a $1 million gift to give and, through the advice of his daughter, Sheri Orlowitz, gave it to Kristi House to build a center to help sexually abused children. Sheri continues to serve on the Kristi House Board of Directors.
Ellis Kent Orlowitz’s contribution was a Godsend. The gift allowed Kristi House, then operating out of a small renovated office, to build a 19,000-square-foot facility to serve as the focal point for services provided by Kristi House and its partners: the State Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, Guardian Ad Litem, the University of Miami Child Protection Team and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Enid Lee; daughters Sheri Orlowitz, Carol Orlowitz Goldberg and Marjorie Orlowitz Shankin; stepson Jeffrey Lee; two sisters; and several grandchildren survive Ellis Kent Orlowitz. He is also survived by thousands of lives he has touched through his desire to make the world a better place.
Groundbreaking for the Children’s Advocacy Center