Christmas Happiness donation symbolizes man’s legacy of giving

  • Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:17 a.m.

Christmas Day will mark the one-year anniversary of Gene Curlee Jr.’s death, and a gym is honoring his memory with a $200 donation to Christmas Happiness.

Matthew Marsh, co-owner of The Forum Fitness, said he thought it was a great way to pay tribute to the uncle of his business partner, Steve Safrit.


“He was just a fantastic person, he would just be so happy to know that something was being done for the kids,” Marsh said.

Safrit said his uncle’s first loves were his grandchildren, Emma and Jack Leonard.

“His second passion was giving back,” he said.

Curlee was a member of First Presbyterian Church, past master of Fulton Masonic Lodge No. 99 and an avid golfer.

He helped raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children and founded an annual golf tournament to benefit the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.

“I think this donation is a tribute that he would like to see. It symbolizes his legacy,” Safrit said.

Safrit said he’s thankful Marsh came up with the idea to donate in memory of Curlee.

“It means a lot to me to know that money is going to help kids who are less fortunate,” he said.

Bring contributions to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mail them to The Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639.

Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you wish your donations to be listed.

Performance Fibers Staff Luncheon $100

Merry Christmas to family and friends, in lieu of Christmas Cards by Tom and Loretta Barber ..$50

In memory of Gene Curlee, Jr. by The Forum Fitness  $200

In honor of Cole, Haley, Megan and Jake and in memory of Steven and Mom by Pop and Nana  $200

In memory of Cecil and Ruth Bernhardt  $100

In memory of Phil, Gilbert and Donna Bernhardt and David Deese and Donald H. Lomax by Vernon Bernhardt  $100

Sharing the joy of Christmas by Kathy and Windsor Eagle ..$100

In honor of Grover Miller by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Men in Mission  $40

In memory of Joe “Joey” Frye and in honor of Kim, Bobby, Jason, Stephine, Adam and Melli by Peggy Snider  $100

Anonymous  $100
In honor of the Thursday Canasta Group, thanks for your support and in honor of the beach group, Jayne and Joel, Lawana and Larry, Betty and Bud, Shully and Ned and Dottie and Eddie also in honor of special friends Rachael and Charles, Nancy and Bill, Babe and all, Mary Ellen by Barbara and Ken  $100

Frederick Stocking  $10
Anonymous  $100

In memory of Sonny Faires  by Phyllis Faires  $50

In memory of Jack Hodges  by Bill and Belinda  $25

In loving memory of our family,  Jo Morgan, Judy Morris and Jerry Morgan by Terry and Teresa Morgan, Curtis and Crystal Morgan, Donald Morgan and Debbie and Donald Lyerly  $50

Anonymous  $50
In memory of Baby Chad from Maw Maw and Paw Paw  $25

In memory of Gertrude White and Robin Somers by the George White Family  $50

In honor of our sons, Randy and Steve, daughter-in-laws Jackie and Brenda, grandchildren, Matt, Karen and Allison by Dobbie and Helen McCarn  $50

Anchor Downs Homeowners  $100

In loving memory of Troy A. Kesler by Ann Kesler, Rod Kesler and Gail Turner  $100

In memory of Eric Stephen Brooks by Frankie Adams and family  $100

In memory of Rose and Eddie Post by David, Arie, Annie and Sasha Post  $250

Total $2,150
Running total  $40,600.01

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