The Harlan Goodson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dear Friends and Colleagues of Harlan Goodson,
I hope you are keeping well and have been staying safe.
First, thank you in advance for your support of 2 Kids with Love. Your involvement is helping to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged youth.
As you know, our dear friend and colleague, Harlan Goodson, passed away on March 13, 2020. In honour and remembrance of Harlan, a number of his friends and colleagues are establishing The Harlan Goodson Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit the lives of children in a small school in remote Lomas Del Valle, outside of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
2 Kids With Love (2KWL), a CRA Registered Canadian Charity (Reg. No: 80210 1790 RR0001), was established in 2015. In partnership with a Mexican registered charity, Fundacion Ahora es Tiempo de Dar (FATD), 2KWL became involved in the building of a school in this remote village to provide kindergarten and elementary level education to underprivileged children. These children would otherwise not have access to a healthy, safe and dignified learning environment. Harlan was extremely passionate about this project to which he donated and dedicated his time to help construct the school that stands there today.
Thanks to generous donors and groups of volunteers, an elementary school has been built in Lomas, Mexico to accommodate the local schoolchildren; however, as these children graduate past elementary school age, they are unable to continue with their studies due to the costs required to attain a high school equivalent education in Mexico. At this time, given that there is no high school in this village, the youth have to travel quite a distance and/or to Puerto Vallarta to attend high school. Your generosity will help these children achieve higher levels of education that have been impossible due to systemic poverty which is now worsened by Covid-19.
I am kindly asking you to consider a donation to the Harlan Goodson Memorial Scholarship Fund in honour of our dear friend, as a way to make a difference in the lives of the young schoolchildren.
GoFundMe will automatically issue you a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax-deductible receipt. For our US donors, though you too will receive a CRA tax-deductible receipt, please consult with your accountant. You should also be aware, 2KWL does not charge an administration service fee for any of its programs run by caring volunteers who want to make a difference.
Thank you for your generosity and support,
P.S. Your donation will give hope for a brighter future to an underprivileged child in Lomas.
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March 13, 2020 "He did it his way." One of Harlan's good friends describes Harlan as a Renaissance man. Harlan definitely was one of a kind. He was incredibly intelligent and had an amazing sense of humor. Although he claimed to be shy, once he felt comfortable in a group, he would regale everyone with stories from his life experiences peppered with his sharp wit. He was also creative and very generous. He had a passion for politics, reading, wine collecting, photography, travel, the beach (especially Mazatlán), and the wondrous intricacies of watches. His mind was like a sponge; he was able to absorb many, many details about every one of his interests. When put to the test, he could discuss all the nuances of a great wine with the best of sommeliers. Harlan loved sports, especially college football and basketball; he thrived on competition. Perhaps he died, in part, of a broken heart when he heard that the 2020 March Madness season, his favorite college competition, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Harlan was a native Californian; he grew up in Santa Paula, and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1965. He then attended the University of Arizona for a couple of years before he was asked to leave because, as Harlan would be the first to tell you, his fraternity and social life at that time was more important than academics. It was the era of Vietnam, so Harlan joined the Navy. He had a "tough" tour of duty in Monterey, California at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center where he studied Turkish, and Ft. Meade, Maryland, where he was trained as a crypto-linguist. After his four-year stint in the Navy, Harlan returned to California, where he eventually joined the Oakland Police Department, rising to the level of Sergeant. In addition to his primary duties, he developed and administered programs for underprivileged youth in Oakland. Harlan earned his BA in Justice Administration from Golden Gate University in 1976. After 21 years as a police officer, Harlan reinvented himself when he secured a position as a legislative consultant to the President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, while at the same time completing law school. Harlan's talents did not go unrecognized, and he was appointed California's first Director of the Division of Gambling Control for the Department of Justice. In total, Harlan spent 35 years in public service. Harlan earned his JD in 1995 from John F. Kennedy School of Law, as well as an Executive Management Certificate from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1999. During his professional career as a lawyer, Harlan was recognized many times for his expertise, including Regulator of the Year by International Masters of Gaming Law (2002), Alumnus of the Year at John F. Kennedy University, School of Law (2001), Who's Who in American Law since 2000, America's Best Lawyers annually since 2005, Northern California's 2012 Attorney of the Year for Gaming Law, and Who's Who in the World since 2018. In 2003, Harlan started his own law firm with an emphasis on gaming law. In addition to providing expert legal services to his clients, Harlan proudly served on the Board of Directors of The Stars Group (formerly Amaya), a Canadian gaming and online gaming company, since 2010. Harlan married Valla S. Hoffman of Sacramento in 2000. Harlan's friends and family, including his two adult children, Kim and Marc, from his first marriage, will surely miss his charm, wisdom, and laughter. A military funeral will take place at the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, (831) 393-9371, in Seaside, California, when social distancing guidelines are eased or lifted.