UWF announces gift honoring local musician Larry Butler

Photo (left to right): Bobbie Perry, Dr. Steven Brown, Peggy Butler, Dr. Brendan Kelly and Dr. Sheila Dunn

Photo (left to right): Bobbie Perry, Dr. Steven Brown, Peggy Butler, Dr. Brendan Kelly and Dr. Sheila Dunn

Pensacola, Fla. – June 10, 2015 Yesterday, the University of West Florida announced a new fund in memory of Pensacola native and celebrated musician Larry Butler.

Gifts made by Butler’s family and friends led to the establishment of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. This award will be used to support UWF music students in academic competitions or performance-related travel.

Butler was an award-winning songwriter and producer who worked with top-recording artists such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers. Yet as successful as his career in Nashville became, his love for his hometown was evident in the ways he gave back – including the benefit concert he produced to raise money to rebuild following Hurricane Ivan.

“Larry Butler was a great musician, but he was an even better person,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, vice president for University Advancement. “Now his memory will live on in new generations of musicians, as our students benefit from this legacy gift.”

For more information on the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award, please contact the UWF Foundation, Inc. at850.474.3118.

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About the University of West Florida: Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institution of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000. Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, innovative, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities.

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