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Royal Marshall benefit at Punchline March 6

SOURCE: Team Georgia

SOURCE: Team Georgia

The late Royal Marshall left behind a wife and two little girls. A special memorial fund has been set up in his name to help them out.

The Punchline Comedy Club, where Marshall dabbled in stand-up comedy over the years, will be holding a benefit in his name at 5 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $50 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the memorial fund.

Among those scheduled to speak: Marshall’s boss Neal Boortz, traffic reporter Mark Arum, Dave FM’s Mara Davis and Jimmy Baron, 680/The Fan’s John Kincade, Rock 100.5’s Eric Von Haessler and 94.9/The Bull’s Kristen Gates.

Marshall spent about 17 years at AM750 and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, most of that working with Boortz. He died unexpectedly last month of a heart attack.

You can buy tickets at www.punchline.com.

To mail a donation the address is: “Royal Marshall Memorial Education Fund“, Wells Fargo, 1601 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

The debate below got a bit heated and played out so I’ve decided to shut down comments on this entry.

107 comments Add your comment

smooshjoosh

February 24th, 2011
11:41 am

This makes me wish I still lived in Atlanta! I can’t attend, but I can send a check. It’s the least I can do to help the family of such a wonderful person. Rodney, can you post the foundation’s details?

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
11:46 am

Just posted the address on the blog entry.

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KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

Didn’t he make pretty damn good money?
I don’t get that his family needs all this monetary support.
Neal Boortz could just write a check and be done with it. $100k check form Neal would do it. I mean let Clark Howard manage how the money is invested and those girls will have enough for college. His girls are like 2 and 4 years old. If he worked for Neal for 17 years he had to have some bank. It might kill Neal, but Royal’s girls can go to Govt school and live in a downscaled home. I really just don’t get WHY we should help raise Royal’s kids. He was friends with Clark and should listened to Clark more I guess. Why not an event to give money to people that haven’t had a job for 2 years and have children that want to go to college.

Pete

February 24th, 2011
1:26 pm

KimZ, you obviously have a lot of pent up anger. If you don’t like the benefit, don’t attend. The world doesn’t need to run its plans past the great and mighty KimZ. Stop your whining and get over it.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
1:31 pm

Pete
I don’t get WHY he needs money. There are people so much more deserving and needy. The MAN was making a lot of money. Like I said did he live too high on the hog or what? Did he not listen to Clark on how to handle his money? You and I both know he had a Big Life Insurance policy for sure and like Clark says I bet he has been putting money into his girls College Fund(like the 401K).

usually quiet

February 24th, 2011
1:35 pm

Hate to say it, but I agree with KimZ – he was likely the sole breadwinner and proably had a great income. He probably had many more good earnings years to look forward to as well. But – I find it a little tasteless the push for donations and benefits when there are so many other families who lives were altered by the sold breadwinner passing; police, fire, military etc…

give me a break

February 24th, 2011
1:36 pm

yo kim. what do you mean “we” have to help raise his kids? no one’s making you give money to his children. what part of the article do you not comprehend? there ain’t gonna be a “royal marshall” tax imposed on everyone. see that “delete” button on your keyboard? next time, hit that instead of the “submit comment” one.

Polka King

February 24th, 2011
1:39 pm

Looks like the Benefits–For-A-Worthy-Cause police are out in full force.

Fred

February 24th, 2011
1:46 pm

To quote the late great Royal Marshal:

Just damn.

Wiz Dumb

February 24th, 2011
1:47 pm

Why don’t Boortz and that penny-pincher foot the bill? Isn’t Kneel a multi-bazillionaire?

Whatdoiknow

February 24th, 2011
1:48 pm

KimZ & unusually:

Royal may have left enough to care for the daily needs of Annette and the children, but may have been on the beginning of a college ffund for the girls. Many folks are not able tto start socking away money until they get to their early 40’s . . . The point where Royal checked out.

Although you are eentittled to your opinion and questions, remember, you do not have to give. My philosophy is to give when you are able to as you never know when you may be in need of a hand yourself. And this is from a very selfish ME!!!

Drago

February 24th, 2011
1:49 pm

It is odd that Royal Marshall always spoke out against folks walking around with their hand out and now, his hand is open, albeit in death. Tell Boortz to write the check.

Dustin

February 24th, 2011
1:51 pm

Kim, I competely understand your point of view, but respectfully disagree. Although when someone else passes away the Punchline doesn’t do a benefit, but many other entities do. (churches, jobs, friends, etc.) If you are so concerned with these people why don’t you set up a charity or an event to support them? Why bash this event? I agree with the statement above that no one is forcing you to give money or taxing you. Do I fully understand why if family needs the money? No. Do I really care? No. Will I be giving money to his family? No. Will I critisize people or an event that does? Absolutely not. Why not put your frustration to a better use rather than bashing an event designed to help someone that was influential in this community?

Tee it up

February 24th, 2011
1:52 pm

The questions about having a benefit arise because Boortz preaches all day about personal responsiblity. Don’t forget the lawsuit Belinda filed because she put crocs on her son and let him go unassisted down an
escalator. When you preach it, you need to walk it.

Paul Neal

February 24th, 2011
1:53 pm

Kim & Usually Quet you 2 “really” this man pasted away at 41 you think he plan for it?No amount of money in the world will replace him…….You can’t understand maybe it because you got out of bed this morning and both your brains were off ………..It called a donation look up the damn word, there’s people that loved this man ,and I for one didn’t know him but if either one of you half the human being he was you would have though before you made your comment today……

jay

February 24th, 2011
1:54 pm

RIP Royal Marshall…..with that said, I have to agree with KimZ. C’mon Boortz, poney up some cash cuz this is sad. Not a benefit for some cause that Marshall pushed, but a benefit that directly benefits his family? Seems weird since he worked for someone who you would believe would have made sure he was well taken care of finanically. Apparently the family needs it so I wish them luck.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
1:54 pm

give me a break
I mean WE as in not his family members. Like I a did not and will not send money to Haiti. Business is slow for me and I need more work. Why not have a benefit for me please? I am struggling to stay ahead or even. I am the sole bread winner in my home and I need help a lot more than Royal and his family. NEAL BOORTZ sell one of your cars or Motorcycle or stop flying so much for a year and give that money to Royal. My heart don’t cry for Royal anymore than you people are crying for my struggles and hardships. Royal was a good guy. I did meet him at a few events. Like I said He was making DAMN GOOD MONEY and I know he had to have a Big Life Insurance Policy. I am not hating on Royal. I just know there are people that are more deserving and in need than his Family.

Ins Broker

February 24th, 2011
2:02 pm

One would think that he was well invested in a term life insurance policy. This is a textbook example of what those policies are for…..so why the need for a fund raiser??

Just Damn

February 24th, 2011
2:02 pm

You people are JERKS!! Royal touched millions with his keeping Boortz honest antics over the years. If we miss him and want to help with the education of his kids I just do not see the problem. I am certain Neal and Clark have made donations already. All of you wealth haters should go back to watching Jerry Springer and let the rest of us honor a truly decent man’s memory. Some money will never bring back these girls’ daddy!

digitaldude

February 24th, 2011
2:06 pm

Kim i am with you on that. With all that Boortz spits out about personal responsibility, and how he is so healthy now. You would think he would be against these type of “donations” or “charity”. The man had a steady job for years, shouldnt he have had a good insurance policy to atleast help for a while? That would have been the “RESPONSIBLE” thing to do. I am not familiar with if his wife works, but there are plenty of widows and widowers, who dont get “benefits” to help them make it in this world.
Once again it puzzles me how BOORTZ is speaking or involved with it. Makes him look like a hypocrite If he wants people to give, why doesnt he just give up his plane, motorcycle, book sales, or something and call it a day.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Just Damn I think it was reported when this first happened that Neal did donate $100k. I don’t hate WEALTH. I do find it funny that somebody that was Wealthy is needing money now. If you want to honor his memory then why give money to the NAACP. Royal worked hard to go back to college and get his degree.NEAL and Royal complain all the time about people with their hand out, but as soon as he passed Neal started or promoted this HAND OUT venture.
Neal jokes about the people on the exit ramps “LOOKING for WORK” and says they walk to the closet parking lot an hope in their Caddy SUV. What is the difference in this venture?
No Royal can never be replaced for his children, but that is nobodies job to do either.

Willie

February 24th, 2011
2:14 pm

digitaldude and kimz appear to be the same person

Miss KP

February 24th, 2011
2:15 pm

Kim, I take your comments personal as I knew Royal and his family on a personal level. Let’s just hope you don’t ever need a hand. No amount of money can replace this man. His children will never know him and if you have children, it may be best that they never know you based upon your comment. Don’t hide behind the keyboard, go to the Punchline,get on stage and tell everyone how you really fell. A-HOLE

Vic

February 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

Once again, I am not surprised in the least by the comments made here today. You people are really sad and obviously have nothing better to do.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

February 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

I don’t give a damn about most people, and there may be deservig folks out there starving and getting overlooked..thats life. I care more for me and mine, and people I like. I’ll be there at the Punchline, and ..as an aside..I would BURN money before I gave it to the NAACP.

Avidlistener

February 24th, 2011
2:21 pm

My prayers go out to Royal’s family, but I do see both sides of this. Kimz is just saying what a lot of folks are probably also thinking. I am sure he made good money, and I hope he had some sort of life insurance policy. When the economy is so tough right now, and so many people are out of work, this is going to raise eyebrows. That’s just the way it is.
I do hope the family is doing okay. it is still such a shock. I never had the chance to meet him, but what a class act.

Kevin

February 24th, 2011
2:22 pm

Some of you people are miserable human beings, and are only happy if you’re trying to spread your misery.

If you don’t want to give, don’t give. It’s really quite that simple.

Go back to your normal existence under a rock, and leave the rest of us alone. You sorry lot.

leveon11

February 24th, 2011
2:24 pm

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KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
2:25 pm

Willie Wrong.
Miss KP
As I said my work is slow and my family is suffering too. I understand his children will never get to know their daddy, but they could be as Bless as I was to have a GREAT Step Father that will LOVE their mother and them as his very own. I did not KNOW Royal personally, but did have the chance to meet him at a few events. He was a very Charming man for sure. Do you really think they would let me speak at the Punchline? NO. I have called in to Neal’s show and Belinda has not allowed me to speak on this very subject. Like many I do agree with some things Neal says and Hate other things he says. NEAL has PREACHED on this very thing since he started on the radio some 30 years ago. My family has help what little we can with a church member that is having a hard time while his wife is serving in Iraq and he has the 2 boys to raise. I maybe an A-Hole but like you said you don’t really know me.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

February 24th, 2011
2:27 pm

A memorial benefit is the least we can do for the man that gave us the classic BOO GOT SHOT ebonics to english translation..not to mention his death defying on the spot freaknik traffic updates …should be a fun night with Boortz, and happy to see Kincade and von Haessler will be there too.

Areuserious

February 24th, 2011
2:28 pm

Some of the comments that are listed here are nasty. I hope no one suddenly dies and leaves their family behind. Rodney you should close this for comments. Some of you people that hide behind your screens kill me. Kimz I can see why you haven’t had a job in two years.. I wouldn’t hire you to clean my toilet!!!! Atlanta has just turned into a rude and bitter city…..

digitaldude

February 24th, 2011
2:28 pm

I dont see anything wrong with people donating, but like i said I dont understand how BOORTZ could be involved and ever open his big yap again, about anything.

chc4

February 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

Gotta love all the “Boortz should write a $100k check”. Sure is easy to be generous with other people’s money! Secondly. how do you know Boortz didn’t already do that?

Tee it up

February 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

Areuserious

Just like the dems in Wisconsin. If you don’t like the way things are going just stop the discussion.

Denise

February 24th, 2011
2:34 pm

@ Kimz’spackage: Girl…or Guy ’cause this is Atlanta…go take you a laxative and get that sh** out out of you. Not good to hold that crap in…makes you funky. LOL!!!! Ask those around you…they’ll tell you.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
2:34 pm

Areuserious
The thing is I would clean your toilet because I want the WORK and need the money. I still have work just not enough. I do not HATE on ROYAL at all. Thrisha too damn funny I totally forgot about his translation of Boo Got Shot. I think I laughed so hard I wet my pants a little.

Bacchus

February 24th, 2011
2:39 pm

KimZ, you have NO IDEA what kind of situation Royal’s family is in financially right now or before his passing.

When a tragedy takes away the sole earner from a family, they are left with a household of a widow and her children who must somehow re-define their existance. I’ve seen this happen and it is tough. But neither you nor do any of us have any business knowing what Neal has or Royal earned, or what kind of life insurance he had, what kind of dreams he had planned out for his kids, or any other private matter of the Marshall Family.

What is clear is that Royal’s family has way too much to worry about right now. Whether $50 contributed by those who loved him helps them significantly or is a mere drop in the bucket, they will at least have comfort in knowing that they’ve got the support of a city who loved and miss Royal. That will be worth more than anything to them.

Tee it up

February 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

Bacchus

Didn’t he already have a memorial service?

Roberta Higginbotham

February 24th, 2011
2:44 pm

Every now and again I see on the news about someone’s local Atlantan’s untimely death. Sad to say a lot of them look like they’ve had a hard life. At the end of many of these stories the news anchor gives an address where contributions can be sent for a memorial fund that’s been established to help the family. I wonder how many of you bleeding hearts every write a check for any of those people.

You wanna memorialize Royal Marshall? Write a check in his memory to some group that helps poor people.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
2:51 pm

I will say it this way. This is like all the people that complain about Hollywood Stars and the crap they pull and get away with, but then turn around and support them by going to their movies or watching their shows. I don’t have a problem with people helping support Royal’s family. I have a problem with Holier than thou Boortz and his masses that complain about this everyday, but have no issue in doing the same thing. If you want to help a person in need you can contact Roswell Street Baptist Church and look into making some home cooked meal to help out the Soldiers husband and sons while she is in Iraq. You may not get to hear some Jokes but you are getting service to our country and a HUGE thanks from her family.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Bacchus
Do you want to BET he was making more than 125K a year? If people are at the Punchline giving money that make less than 150K/yr then the Fool and His money adage will be all to TRUE.

MardiBug

February 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

KimZ: Just because someone is part of a syndicated radio show doesn’t mean they make a huge salary like Boortz. You don’t know the family’s situation. And remember this – you can go out and get another job to support your family. Royal can’t. Oh yeah, just as an FYI – you’re never gonna get that next job you say you need so badly by sitting around posting comments all day.

KimZ'spackage

February 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

MardiBug
I have been on the phone and 3 jobs lined-up for Friday. Thank you. Royal did speaking engagements, voice work, commercials, and worked with Neal. He was with Neal for 17 years and you think he was making less than $125k? You are kidding right? Neal is Smart and Crazy, but he ain’t STUPID. Neal pays/ paid Belinda and Royal very well.

OneRedBull2many

February 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

I think it is customary in the African-American community to ask for money when a family member dies.

A co-worker’s mother died and my office collected funds. I am not sure where those funds went but I was told that it how they usually do it here in the South for those in the AA community. I think it is a cultural thing going back to the slave days or African tribal customs.

BRIN

February 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

Do what you feel in your heart but I have to agree, 17 yrs working for Cox, big life insurance, retirement plan..401K…IRA…give me a break..There are so many folks in need right now..Let’s all get real..Let Neal boorz be his generous self… I’m just sayin’

Jbosh

February 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

Red Bull…I think you are right. That has happened with my job. Whenever a black co-worker lost a relative or friend we were asked to donate money. I think it is a cultural deal. Similar to jumping over a broomstick at a wedding or say acts instead of asks.

This a great cause. For all the naysayers—this is optional and nobody is requiring you to part with your money. It is a good deed to help someone who left us all too soon.

TR

February 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

It is really sad that people really feel this way toward this man that is gone… I would love to help this girls go to college then ended up on welfare and food stamps because there Mother could not afford college for them.. I am sure that Royal gave alot to this city before he Left… This is not about what color he is and how much he made it is about his kids that did not get to really know who he was…Were is love in you heart?

FromtheBARstool

February 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

How much money are you people sending to New Zealand for Earthquake relief for all the truly needy? All of you are picking on one person that keeps trying to fight back. She is being nice and giving her side. I would give money because Royal was alway nice on the radio, but I do question this. Royal had to make more money than any School Teacher that gets furloughed, Fireman, Cop, or Soldier and that is the truth.

Not going

February 24th, 2011
3:35 pm

I’m sure Royal was a nice guy, and I’m sorry for his family’s loss. I also think he was gainfully employed and likely made PLENTY of income. Whose idea was this? How does anyone even KNOW that such funds are needed? This is an insult to the truly needy. I know it’s optional but good grief it’s ballsy!