First annual concert to benefit Larry Thomas Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund
PETERSBURG — Today, local band Magnolia will headline the first ever "Larrytpalooza" at Appomattox Regional Governor's School.
All proceeds will benefit the Larry Thomas Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps ARGS seniors offset the financial burden of college tuition. Magnolia will be joined onstage by special guest soloist Dr. Wesley Joyner, Larry's son and current U.S. history and government teacher at ARGS.
"This particular event was really Wesley's idea because his dad loved to hear him sing and loved to watch him perform," said Rita Joyner, Larry's wife of 42 years. "Given the connection with the areas of study at the governor's school, Wesley felt like the concert would be a natural fit."
The concert begins at 7 p.m. this evening (Friday, Oct. 13) at the school's James L. Ruffa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and alumni of ARGS, and tickets may be purchased at the door or at the John Randolph Foundation website.
The scholarship and event both honor the legacy of the late Larry Joyner, who served as the Assistant Director of ARGS from 2005 until his untimely passing in 2016.
"My husband was the world's greatest ambassador for the governor's school," Rita said. "He was a huge advocate for the school, but most of all, he loved the students."
Larry also understood firsthand that the financial burden of college is a significant hurdle that not every student can clear.
"When Larry was a senior, in 1968, he was the valedictorian of his class and a state debate champion," said Rita. "He had all sorts of accolades, but not the kind of money necessary to go to school."
Fortunately, as a Union Camp Scholar, Larry was able to receive a full ride to the University of Richmond. His college education may not have been possible without that scholarship. Now, Larry's family wants to help provide the same kind of assistance and opportunity to the students of ARGS.
The Joyner family partnered with the John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Program to set up their memorial fund, and in May they were able to award their first $1,000 scholarship to then-senior McKenzie Adams to aid in her future studies at Randolph-Macon College.
Rita hopes that this event and future Lar-rytpaloozas will help to grow the fund's endowment, increasing the size of scholarships or the number of students able to receive scholarships.
"We want to see this event going on for many years," said Rita, "hopefully for generations to come."
Dr. Wesley Joyner (right) will perform at “Larrytpalooza 2017” on Saturday, Oct. 14, to raise money for the Larry Thomas Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his father, the late Larry Joyner (left).