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President

Optimist J. Nelson Jarrett
 
Background

Employment History

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From the book Optimist Club History, ...
www.santapal.org [cached]
From the book Optimist Club History, in the fourteenth year of the Optimist club in 1936, Santa Pal was formalized for the first time:
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This was due solely to the efforts of the Optimist Club and its great Santa Pal chairman,, Les Owen.
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Unquestionably this year's Santa Pal was the most satisfactory and successful yet. $200.00 was raised for underwriting which covered the expenditures necessarily assumed.
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Optimist J. Nelson Jarrett was originally elected Santa Pal President but owing to his removal from the city for approximately a year he was suceeded by Optimist Fred Gray who was assisted by the following Santa Pal officers: New, Vice President; Currence, Treasury; Church, Secretary. A total of 1308 unfortunate children who otherwise would not have received a visit from Santa Claus were served. The affairs of the campaign were magnificently handled by Optimist Gray, who had been elected Santa Pal President upon short notice and thrust into the work without preparation. He was ably assisted by numerous Optimists and practically the entire membership cooperated in the pre-campaign investigation of the children and their residential locations, return postal cards being left with families so that Santa Pal headquarters might be notified in case of change of address."
In the years that followed, each year Santa Pal performed better and more efficiently than the last, responding to war time needs and the children of soldiers as well. Santa Pal celebrates its 77th year in 2013, having adjusted its methods and fundraising to fit the new generations and modern technology, and now stocks a store where underprivileged families can come and pick out a toy for Christmas.
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www.santapal.org, 7 Dec 2012 [cached]
Santa Pal P.O. Box 1912 Asheville, N.C. 28802
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Santa Pal Phone Number 828-258-3230
Email Us forthekids@santapal.org
Asheville North Carolina Optimist ...
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Asheville North Carolina Optimist Club | Santa Pal Innsbruck Mall | 85 Tunnel Road | Asheville, NC 28805
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Santa Pal PO Box 1912 Asheville, NC 28802
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www.santapal.org, 28 Mar 2007 [cached]
With all of this publicity, Santa Pal became a household name around town at Christmas. We have been giving, not only toys, but much joy, laughter, many unimaginable surprises, and a tremendous amount of love to the children who need help at Christmas. As a club, we want to continue passing this "Most Wonderful Time" on to the families that are struggling to make ends meet. Santa Pal will always be here to keep the joy of giving very much alive and well.
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Relying on the expertise and generosity of Asheville's oldest children's Christmas assistance program, Santa Pal (founded in 1936), and help from Toys for Tots along with generous sponsorship of businesses and individuals, hundreds of families have had their Christmases a bit brighter and gained hope for the coming year.
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Santa Pal P.O. Box 1912 Asheville, N.C. 28802
Eblen-Kimmel Foundation
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Additionally the club hosts a program annually called Santa Pal which provides Christmas to low income families donates to the Optimist International Childhood Cancer Program.
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Santa Pal phone number:
828-258-3230
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Santa Pal P.O. Box 1912 Asheville, N.C. 28802
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