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Elvis tribute a draw for Parent-Child Center

January 07, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Elvis tribute artist, Kevin Booth takes the stage in front of a large audience, Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Hagerstown for a concert to benefit the Parent-Child Center of Washington County.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

For the second straight year, a performance by an Elvis Presley “tribute” singer raised money for the Parent-Child Center in Hagerstown.

As the King would say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

The tribute singer, Kevin Booth, told a sold-out crowd at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge that he would cover the life and music of Elvis from about 1954 to 1968 in his opening set.

“Any Conway Twitty fans?” Booth asked, getting a response as loud as the earlier cheers for Elvis.

“Good,” Booth said, explaining that a tribute to Twitty, the late singer and songwriter, would be his second act.

For the third set, Booth would return to Elvis, covering the 1970s “jumpsuit and sweat” era.

Millie Lowman, executive director of the Parent-Child Center, said 600 tickets for the event were sold, at $10 apiece.

That was up from the 500 tickets sold last year, she said.

Lowman said the same event last year raised about $6,000 for the Parent-Child Center, a nonprofit organization that offers education and support services for parents and children.

On Saturday, the center also raised money through a 50/50 drawing, a raffle for a 32-inch television, and sales of T-shirts and flags.

Lowman said this is the third time Booth performed a local “Celebrate the King for a Cause” fundraiser tied to the anniversary of Presley’s birth. (Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, and died Aug. 16, 1977.)

The first birthday-timed Presley fundraising event benefited the American Cancer Society.

Booth told Saturday’s crowd that he would tell the story of Presley’s life in between songs “and your Elvis IQ will go through the roof.”

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Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect year for Elvis Presley's date of birth.

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