And the MVPerson Award Goes To Harold and Beulah Dunbar

Dunbar Masters 1984HE WAS A BUSINESS BIG WIG AND SHE A FORMER OPERA SINGER.IN THE EARLY 1930S THEY BECAME ENAMOURED WITH SHUFFLEBOARD THOUGH NEITHER WAS MORE THAN A CASUAL PLAYER. THE DUNBARS BECAME THE GREATEST BENEFACTORS IN THE HISTORY OF SHUFFLEBOARD!  THEY SPONSORED 12 STATE MASTERS AND 11 NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.  THEY PAID FOR SCOREKEEPERS, OFFICIALS, MEALS EVEN COURT IMPROVEMENTS. PRIVATELY THEY PAID TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR NEEDY PLAYERS AND THEY DID IT ALL QUIETLY.  HAROLD SAID THE “JOY OF GIVING IS IN THE GIVING-NOT THE THANKS YOU MIGHT GET”. USUALY THEY REFUSED TO BE INTERVIEWED RE THEIR GENEROSITY.
WHEN BEULAH WAS IN A COMA FROM A  SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT SHE RECEIVED AROUND 600 GET WELL CARDS- MOSTLY FROM SHUFFLEBOARD PLAYERS WHO ADMIRED THE KINDLY COUPLE.

INDUCTED INTO BOTH THE NATIONAL AND FSA HALLS OF FAME IN 1968 WITH SPECIAL AWARDS, THEY HAD THEIR GREATEST GIFT STILL TO COME.WHEN BEULAH DUNBAR PASSED AWAY IN THE MID 1980S.   AT 95 SHE LEFT FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD $100,000.00.  LET US SALUTE THE INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY OF HAROLD AND BEULAH DUNBAR AS MOST VALUABLE PERSONS.

Remarks offered by Ken Offenther on the occasion of the MVPerson Award, posthumously.  2013 02 25.

The pic I have added takes us to one of the “Dunbar Masters”!!  To expand pic, click on it.  As you will see, this is the Dunbar Masters of 1984.  I thought some of you may be interested in this historic photo of 1984.  In June of 2012 I asked “Jane O” (Bird) to give me an update on these Shufflers.  She commented that Adele Pearson, Bob’s 1st wife is deceased; Betty Berger, wife of Frank Berger was deceased; that Gladys Larimer, Bob Pearson’s 2nd wife is also deceased; Connie Tetu passed away on August 28th, 2011; Helen Chittenden is also deceased.

Peggy House is very much alive and healthy.  She attended the CNSA Banquet this May, 2012 in Coldwater, ON.  She is now, 2013, in a home in Orillia, Ontario.  Jane “O” too is very much alive but as she broke her left shoulder in January of 2012 and as her right shoulder was damaged in 1999 she only played 3 tournaments in the fall of 2011. Jane believes that she has wound up her very successful career after 35 years but went on to say that she will show up at tournaments to see all the great people she loves so much!!  She is proud to have earned her last points while shuffling with Ann Wedel.

Stan McCormack, Chair 100th Anniversary Committee.  2013 02 28 01:10

 

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