Presentation of check: Jack Taylor, John Taylor, winner Larry Mungin and SFA Exeuctive Director Beth Lovain (courtesy photo)

West End resident Larry Mungin held the winning raffle ticket drawn by Incoming T.C. Williams Principal Peter Balas at the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Spring Gala on April 29. 

Mungin claimed his prize, a check for $25,000, from Jack Taylor and John Taylor III of Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota. For the tenth consecutive year, the dealership located on Jefferson Davis Highway donated a 2017 Toyota Camry SE or the equivalent $25,000 to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. Thanks to the Taylor family’s generosity, the raffle raises $70,000 each year to fund college scholarships for Alexandria City Public Schools graduates. Jack and John Taylor explained their commitment to the Scholarship Fund.

“Alexandria Toyota feels fortunate to be involved with the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria! This is a unique organization that succeeds because we have the best students, the best teachers and the best parent participation. Every year I hear about more students becoming the first person in their family to go to college. This would not have happened had it not been for Alexandria’s Scholarship Fund. As long as this organization exists, our company will be a player.”

When asked what motivated him to purchase a raffle ticket, Larry Mungin said he purchased it from neighbor Dr. Michael Casey, a Scholarship Fund Board Member. “Because I really respect Michael and trusted that whatever cause he supported in the community it was a good one.  I am a big believer in giving back to the community and was happy to support scholarships for Alexandria kids in need.”    

Mungin said he has always been an admirer of Jack Taylor and his role as a leader in serving his community. He also said he would plan to use part of his winnings to purchase raffle tickets for friends and family next year to give back and to help them have a chance at winning too.  

Mungin had a cancer scare last fall, luckily early intervention helped him obtain a clean bill of health. He said that while he saw the cancer scare as a random act of bad news, winning the raffle was a random act of good news…proving that there is maybe some balance to the universe. He was in the midst of driving 8 hours to his family’s South Carolina vacation home when he got the call that he won the raffle. He was tired and not really sure it was real at first.  

Mungin originally hails from New York but has been an Alexandria resident for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School and a practicing attorney in Washington, DC and real estate investor.

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