The Turn 5 Concert Series held Friday and Saturday near Martinsville Speedway raised approximately $18,000 for charity.
Nearly 1,000 fans came out over the weekend to hear performances by country legend John Anderson and Nashville up-and-comer Jaida Dreyer. Area bands Fatz, Rebel Guns, Broken Glass and Montana Young and Dean Smith also played on the outdoor stage located on Clover Road.
Organizers of the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival put on the event, which pledged to donate 50 percent of proceeds to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, and 25 percent each to the pole winner’s charity of choice and Carlisle School, which held race-weekend rights to the property where the concert took place.
Therefore, $9,000 will be donated to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program; $4,5oo will go to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation; and $4,500 will be given to Carlisle School.
William Baptist, a co-founder of Rooster Walk, presented the Wounded Warrior check to legendary Marines snipers Chuck Mawhinney and Bob Depp during pre-race festivities Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Baptist also made a check presentation to Jimmie Johnson before the race. Both presentations took place on the track just before the start of the TUMS Fast Relief 500.
The concerts were made possible through the generous support of more than a dozen area businesses. Festival sponsors included: Bassett Furniture; Carter Bank & Trust; Martinsville Speedway; Taco Bell; Averett University; 103.3 WAKG radio; Frith Construction; Miller Lite; Blue Ridge Aquaculture; the law firm of Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Reynolds, PC; Checkered Flag Sports; Lester Building Supply; Scott & Stringfellow; BB&T; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; West Window Corporation; Daniel’s of Eden; and State Farm Insurance agent Chip Wyatt.