Las Vegas philanthropist bestows one last surprise gift, 20 years after his death

The longtime Las Vegas resident, Charlie Tarr was known for his modest lifestyle. He barely spent outside of his basic necessity and always invested his money on bettering the community. Tarr frequently donated to charities around Las Vegas setting a great example for wealthy Nevadans who fully realise their social responsibility. 

According to his family, Tarr was involved in various businesses that he rarely took any days off. He was determined to be successful in growing his fortune as well as his charity work. 

20 years after his death, Tarr is still gifting the community as the executors of his estate will disperse $5.4 million among 17 NGOs, including 10 charities from Southern Nevada.

Tarr wanted to make the world a better place

He lived in a small apartment just for sleeping,” his daughter Barbara Tarr said, “His goal was always to prove his father wrong … He arranged the charitable trust for the sole purpose of making the world a better place.”

Joshua Charles described his grandfather as “a strong, reliable man, who acted as a father figure for him throughout his teenage and college years. He said Tarr demonstrated bravery until the end.”

“He didn’t run from death fearfully — he accepted it like a man,” Charles added. “He was a man of his word. He was a man of ethical action. He was a man of faith. I’d be blessed if I died as bravely as he did.”

Carlie Tarr grows his wealth from a $20 bill

Tarr arrived with his mother and brother from Kiev, Ukraine, back in 1917. Tarr was just a baby at the time and the family arrived with just $20 to their name. 

The family managed to live the American dream with Tarr joining the US Air Force during World War II. Tarr served on 42 bombing missions in Germany as a bombardier and navigator with the Air Force.

“He always felt he owed America a lot,” said Jerry Engle, his friend and estate trustee. “He came here as an immigrant and was proud to be an American and proud to be a Jew.”

Nevada Community Foundation responsible for $2.6 million of the Tarr fund

In 2000, the Nevada Community Foundation took over the responsibility of the Charles and Lenke N. Tarr fund. “The foundation handles the financial, administrative and legal aspects of establishing a charity,” CEO Bronco said. 

According to the Las Vega Sun, “The fund has since accrued to $5.4 million. At a small gathering today at the Las Vegas Country Club, each nonprofit will walk away with donations ranging from $227,000 to $455,000.”

The charities include:

Simon Wiesenthal Center

American Friends of Alyn Hospital Inc.

City of Hope

Civil Air Patrol — Nellis Senior Squadron

Dr Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus

National Jewish Health

Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith

Community Lutheran Church of Paradise Valley

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas Host Lions Club

Lilliput Families

St. Viator Catholic Church

The Public Education Foundation Inc.

UNLV University Libraries

Vegas Fire & Rescue Charitable Association

ZACHOR Holocaust Remembrance

American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

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