JEAN, NV. Elvis goes Hollywood! The All Shook Up N Vegas Elvis fan club held their annual fundraiser to raise money for a charitable organization over the Veteran’s day weekend. This year’s recipient was Helping Hands.
Helping Hands Surgical Care (HHSC) is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate surgeries for uninsured Nevadans without the means to pay for medically necessary surgeries.
Coordinated by club president, Judy Richard, the event raised over $5,000 with help from 53 tribute artists performing over the three day Veteran’s Day holiday.
The event kicked off on Friday night with music and dancing at a sock hop. Entertainers and fans twisted and twirled the night away then stepped up to the mic for karaoke. It was a great way to start off the weekend and the great time promised for all. The charity event was hosted on Saturday, and more karaoke afterwards, then followed by a gospel brunch and a sermon on Sunday morning.
Judy always creates a theme for the event and goes all out to make it a memorable, fun experience for guests and performers. This year’s theme, Elvis Goes Hollywood, was no different. The red carpet was rolled out and the venue was decorated with all the glitz and glamour of a night at the Academy Awards. Judy, of course, was the emcee and handed out Oscars to the performers who graciously accepted her token of gratitude for their time and contribution to this much needed charity.
Tim McGraw (Dave Hoover), Frankie Vallee (Mark Maynard), Tom Jones (Steve Connolly), and Elvis (Chris Luna) were all in attendance. Of course, with so many tribute artists there were multiple entertainers represented by many talented tribute artists.
The tribute artist weren’t the only ones dressed up in character. After all, it was a night at the Oscars and lots of folks were dressed up as characters from movies made popular by Elvis. Dr. John Carpenter and Sister Michelle (Change of Habit) showed up along with a number of jailbirds from the hit movie, Jailhouse Rock.
Sharing their memories of Elvis were real celebrities, Cynthia Pepper and Darlene Tompkins, who acted with Elvis. Pepper played Midge in Kissing Cousins and Tompkins played Patsy Simon in Blue Hawaii. The two actresses were the icing on the cake topping off the glitz and glam from the golden age of Hollywood.
The event was a huge success and Judy is already planning next year’s event and theme: White Christmas.
Retraction: Jimmi Ellis performed as Tom Jones and not Steve Connolly who is a Las Vegas ETA.