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Background Information

Employment History

West Coast Scouting Supervisor

Seattle Mariners

Affiliations

Founder
Good Tidings Foundation

Member
Oakland City Council

Web References (48 Total References)


GOOD TIDINGS IS BORN FROM AN ...

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GOOD TIDINGS IS BORN FROM AN IDEA BY LARRY HARPER, A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL SCOUT.

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.
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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".
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At first thought, Larry
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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.
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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.
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Larry and Ronette have two children [Zack and Bridgette] and reside in South San Francisco.
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Larry Harper, Secretary
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Larry Harper, Founding Principal


Good Tidings Foundation - Contact Us

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Larry Harper Founder larry@goodtidings.org


Good Tidings Foundation - Staff

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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.


In March of 1990, while working ...

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In March of 1990, while working as the Director of Scouting for the San Francisco Giants, our Founder Larry Harper met Mr. LeRoy Neiman, who had been commissioned to paint 'Bay Area Baseball', the official art of the 1989 World Series.

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Larry and LeRoy struck up a lifelong friendship and the partnership that eventually grew into the first of many youth art centers.


When Larry Harper called him to ...

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When Larry Harper called him to inform him he was a scholarship recipient, he was shocked and surprised! The Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship was the first scholarship he received.

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