and Joyce Benjamin
We Are ALL Different is a middle school diversity awareness project funded by
the Marvin and Joyce Benjamin Fund. This fund was established to combat
hatred and prejudice.
of Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Benjamin*
Marvin and Joyce Benjamin were a young Jewish couple who moved to Hardin County,
Kentucky in the 1950's. Both were very musically talented, and they opened
a music store in Elizabethtown known as the Melody Music Shop. They would
later open music stores in Radcliff and Brandenburg, Kentucky.
For over 30 years, Marvin and Joyce Benjamin sold musical instruments, sheet
music and taught many youngsters how to play various musical instruments.
Their specialty was the accordion.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin lived a rather simple life on a few acres of land east of
In the late 1990's after Joyce Benjamin died, Marvin Benjamin decided to leave
their estate for the purpose of fighting hatred and bigotry. As a young
Jewish man in Illinois, he had experienced bigotry as a result of his
faith. As a result, Mr. Benjamin established in his Last Will and
Testament a fund with the express purpose of "fighting hatred, bigotry and
anti-Semitism". This is a perpetual fund established through the
Hardin County Community Foundation with the yearly endowment being used as Mr.
The day Marvin Benjamin made his will, he posed the following question to his
attorney: "What can one person do in this fight against hatred and
bigotry?" He then proceeded to answer his own question through the
establishment of the Benjamin Fund, which now has assets in excess of 1.6
million dollars, the life savings of Marvin and Joyce Benjamin which has
been dedicated to the principles in which they believed.
* Our thanks to John J. Scott for the above Bio