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Larry Harper

West Coast Scouting Supervisor

Seattle Mariners

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Good Tidings Foundation

Oakland City Council

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Testimonials | Robert A. Bothman, Inc. [cached]

Larry Harper Founder, Good Tidings Foundation

Community Involvement | Robert A. Bothman, Inc. [cached]

Robert A Bothman Construction has worked with the Good Tidings Foundation and Larry Harper (Founder) since 2001 constructing athletic fields throughout the Northern California.



In 1994, MLB cancelled the World Series. Harper was disturbed on how this could happen over money and the impression that would be left on youth. So he set out to do something positive for children, so that the younger generation would love the game for what it is not for the money it could give you.
This would provide the perfect genre and Harper would write the poetry. The book begins with "We don't claim this to be a book about the way life is, just the way we wish it to be...". But the book needed some star quality to be successful. So Larry wrote a note to his childhood idol, Vin Scully, gave it to a Dodgers Coach he knew, and asked Vin if he would write the foreward. The next day there was a message on Harper's home phone..."Hello Larry, this is Vin Scully".
At first thought, Larry
Harper, who at one time, thought his path may have been to be a Catholic Priest, knew now he could be a missionary for children. So, Good Tidings Foundation was formed in January of 1995. The name was chosen from his favorite Christmas song [just like the title of the book came from a Holiday Song]. Good Tidings original mission was to provide holiday toys to deserving youth. Larry and his wife Ronette, were watching TV and saw a piece on how all the 'Dear Santa' letters were being sent to San Francisco. So Larry went to the main SF post office and asked if they could provide them with some letters from the poorest zip codes.
Along the way, it was obvious to Larry that not only were children not able to have proper athletic facilities, but now art was being removed from most schools.
Larry and Ronette have two children [Zack and Bridgette] and reside in South San Francisco.
Larry Harper, Secretary
Larry Harper, Founding Principal

Good Tidings Foundation - Contact Us [cached]

Larry Harper Founder

Good Tidings Foundation - Staff [cached]

Larry Harper

Always knowing he wanted to be a missionary for underserved children, Larry Harper took the baseball strike of 1994 as his chance to dedicate his life to bettering the opportunities for youth. After writing the children's book, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, with Vin Scully to benefit children's charities, Larry left his position as the Director of Scouting for the San Francisco Giants to found the Good Tidings Foundation.

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