Martinsville, Virginia


Rooster Walk’s Turn 5 Concerts Raise $10,000 for Local Charities

Rooster Walk Inc. will donate a total of $10,000 to local charities using proceeds from its recent Turn 5 Concert Series beside Martinsville Speedway, which drew more than 3,700 attendees over the course of the Oct. 24-25 weekend.

Event organizers will make donations of $5,000 to the Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund, $3,000 to the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, and $1,000 each to the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Student Motorsports Association and the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.  

“We’re thrilled that the Turn 5 Concerts, which were completely free to the public for the first time, did well enough for us to donate $10,000 to local charities,” said Jason Lagesse, board president of Rooster Walk Inc. “A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors for making the event possible, as well as our volunteers, staffers and the nearly 4,000 music fans who attended at least one night of Turn 5.”

The Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship is Rooster Walk Inc.’s primary charitable cause, created in memory of late Martinsville High School alumni Edwin G. Penn IV and Walker E. Shank. Each year, one senior at Martinsville High School is selected as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholar. With this donation, Rooster Walk Inc. has more than $39,000 to the endowment fund since it was established in 2009.

The Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the lives of children in Martinsville and Henry County. Founded in 2001, the foundation operates separately and independent of Martinsville Speedway.

“We are grateful for all the hard work that everyone with Turn 5 puts in every year to make the race weekend concerts such a success,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “We appreciate the funds they raise for the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, and the opportunity they give our race fans every fall for two nights of fun and entertainment.”

Rooster Walk Inc. will donate $1,000 to the Patrick Henry District of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Martinsville, Patrick County and Henry County. Specifically, the donation will go toward the STEM Summit for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math that will take place in January at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. More than 60 youth from inner city, low-income and rural areas are expected to participate in the Summit, at no cost to the scouts.

Nearly two dozen students from PHCC’s Racing College of Virginia served as volunteers during the Turn 5 weekend. Rooster Walk’s donation of $1,000 will go to the Student Motorsports Association to provide flexible funding for both classroom and non-classroom activities, including student field trips.

Bands that performed at Turn 5 this fall were: Sunny Ledfurd, Josh Shilling with Fuzzy Logic, Appetite for Destruction, Red, White & Crue, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, L Shape Lot, Kerosene Willy and Southern Funk Orchestra.

Turn 5’s presenting sponsors were: Bassett Furniture, Blue Ridge Beverage – South Boston Division, Frith Construction, Carter Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley – Kent Cox, Taco Bell, Jim Mills Nissan, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Daniel’s of Eden, PHCC’s Racing College of Virginia and Martinsville Speedway. In addition, there were more than 20 other local businesses and individuals who supported the event financially or through in-kind donations.

Rooster Walk Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville and Henry County. The company’s keynote event, the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, is slated for May 21-14, 2015 at a new outdoor music venue in Axton, Va.