Elvis was definitely the gold- and red-studded star Saturday evening at the Pavilion, where a Las Vegas-style dinner show was appropriately titled, “Elvis is Back.” The dinner and performance raised money for the Edward Abraham Nursing Home Resident Activities Fund. EANH Activity Director Kellie Reeves declared the evening a “very successful event.” Casey McKanna & Blue Suede provided the audience with a musical step back in time. The dinner menu included hamburgers, hot dogs and beans.
Administrator Terrell Thomas told the EANH board during Tuesday’s meeting that $3,000 was raised, including donations that came in later. “We had a very good response from the community,” said Thomas, adding that he heard several nice comments from the crowd on Saturday. A visitor from Oklahoma approached Thomas near the end of the show and, after shaking his hand, told him that she had worked for 25 years at nursing homes. “I’ve never seen anything like this done for a nursing home,” she said.
Performing with Casey McKanna as Elvis were Blue Suede members, Dale Jenkins on rhythm guitar; Don Abzill on lead guitar; Rory Hicks on bass guitar; Robert Bynum on piano; Dean Foster on drums; and vocalists, Britt “BB” Sturgeon, Sheila Service, and Kayla Gregg.