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vivalasvegas
07-31-2008, 06:55 PM
A Star for Elvis -- CAMPAIGN GOAL MET

"A STAR FOR ELVIS" CAMPAIGN ENDS - OVER $15,000 RAISED

July 31, 2008: The “Viva Las Vegas!” Elvis Presley Fan Club is happy to announce that the fund raising goal has been met for its “A Star for Elvis” Campaign – to install a star honoring Elvis Presley on the “Las Vegas Walk of Stars”. How appropriate an announcement for the 39th anniversary of the day Elvis returned to the stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Since February 28, in only 5 months, donations have been collected totaling over $15,000. The $15,000 total has been verified by Mr Robert Alexander, the President of the LVWOS. Any overage will be donated to the club’s designated charity, St Jude’s Ranch for Abused Children, in Boulder City NV. (This is no relation to the hospital in Memphis.)

The star will be unveiled during a ceremony on Friday, Sept 26. The invitee list is limited to donors and VIPs. The star itself will be installed a few days later, in front of the Riviera, next to Liberace’s star. The Riviera is the closest casino on Las Vegas Blvd to the Hilton, concert home to Elvis Presley.

We thank all the friends, fans, and tribute artists who have donated their funds, energy, and time to this endeavor. These fans should certainly feel proud of themselves! We also would like to specifically acknowledge the following Elvis friends for their donations and support: Sonny West, Kathy Westmoreland, Sandi Miller, Jon Patino, and Darlene Tompkins. We appreciate every dollar that has been given.

The campaign would not have been as wonderful and successful without the following: We give special thanks to Sandi Pichon for spreading the word to her many friends and contacts in the Elvis world, to Sue McCasland for providing the Star pins for donors, and to Artie Dadyan for providing Elvis-style sunglasses as a donor incentive. Immense gratitude goes out to local Elvis Tribute Artist Peter Vallee and his staff, and his manager Lucille Star, for promoting and representing the Elvis Star Campaign.

All the funds donated were by fans and friends of Elvis Presley. There was no assistance by any corporation. Once again, Elvis fans have demonstrated their love and support for “The King of Rock and Roll.”

Personally, I have many to thank. Once again I want to state my appreciation for the inspiration of the Bobby Darin Star Fund Project and his fans. I thank my star advisors, the club board of directors, and the members of the Viva Las Vegas Club for their incredible and unwavering support. And, I dedicate my effort to the memory of Janelle McComb and her work to build the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel in Tupelo. Her spirit was a great influence and encouragement to me during this campaign.

Elvis is our 'Flaming Star' !

Sue L
President, Viva Las Vegas! Club www.vivalasvegasclub.net
Sponsor of the Elvis Presley Star www.astarforelvis.com

hgs262626
07-31-2008, 09:48 PM
Well Done, Congratulations! You Have Worked So Hard. Elvis Would Be Proud! This Reward Is Long Over Due!

8mmlowa
07-31-2008, 09:50 PM
great work fantastic!
but why is cillla or lisa not paying for it?

TotallyInsane
08-01-2008, 01:20 AM
Personally, I'm glad the fans paid for it rather than Pris or Lisa! Had they did it then it would have been looked at as if they just "bought" him the star! I think it would have meant more to him to come from the fans!!

Unchained Melody
08-01-2008, 03:04 AM
Personally, I'm glad the fans paid for it rather than Pris or Lisa! Had they did it then it would have been looked at as if they just "bought" him the star! I think it would have meant more to him to come from the fans!!
Agreed with you there Gail...really neat coming from the fans (y)

vivalasvegas
08-01-2008, 03:07 AM
great work fantastic!
but why is cillla or lisa not paying for it?

i don't know. sighh... this cloud has been hanging over the campaign since day one. the only thing to do at this point, is to ask them directly. if you are lucky enough to do that, let me know the answer! :blink:

we preferred to come out into the sunshine and let it unfold as it has.:sun:

to answer more questions, visit www.astarforelvis.com
there is a Q & A page there.:doh:

Getlo
08-01-2008, 04:00 AM
Personally, I'm glad the fans paid for it rather than Pris or Lisa! Had they did it then it would have been looked at as if they just "bought" him the star!

In fairness, though, each and every one of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is actually paid for by the celebrity in question, once the offer of a star has been made to them.

vivalasvegas
08-01-2008, 07:05 PM
i wrote directly to the hollywood walk of fame:
hello,
i enjoyed browsing the website about the walk of fame.
i read the information on the nomination process and approval.
how are the stars funded? where does the $25,000 come from?
thank you.

from the hollywood chamber of commerce:

Stars are funded by sponsors who nominate celeb for a star.

and from my searching on the 'net, it's not always the celebrity, it's THEIR FANS.

from the star site question page:
Don’t you think EPE should contribute to this? Yes, we would welcome it. In 2004, the LWOS committee wrote to EPE. And two years ago, a letter from the club was written to Mr Sillerman, Jack Soden, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley. And we have heard nothing in response. What about the Hilton? We have written them. We have had no response.

Well, then who paid for Elvis' star in Palm Springs? Greg McDonald, who was Ricky Nelson's manager, paid for the stars for Elvis Presley, Col. Tom Parker, and Ricky Nelson. All 3 stars were installed on March 26, 1994.

Don't you think Las Vegas should have paid for the star? There is still this misunderstanding that some Vegas entity should pay for this star or even the whole walk. The taxpayers wouldn't agree to pay for it. And casinos with their revenue will only honor stars they care about. Why should they pool their money to honor stars from long ago? It doesn't affect their bottom line. Vegas casino accountants only care about TODAY. The Walk of Stars is a 'method' for stars to be honored and the only way to fund it is by donation - supporters of the star of interest.

When i prepared for this campaign, i wondered if it was possible and how i would go about it. and then i saw what the bobby darin fans did. they raised the money themselves. there was no squabbling over who should pay for it.

so, i went the fan route. how beautiful and full of common sense that made. so here we are, we did raise the money. it is OUR STAR. and the donors can certainly stand on the star and say I HELPED PUT THIS HERE, IT BELONGS TO ME. that feels good instead of EPE 'owning' it.

i hope this has answered all of your concerns and questions.

and if you wish to complain about this, really, you need to write to EPE. we have the star and i think that answers everything! :) we're too happy celebrating to keep thinking about how it should have been.
i think it unfolded as it should... and i feel we had elvis' spirit helping us. i had too many 'twilight zone' moments! ;)

8mmlowa
08-01-2008, 07:28 PM
I´m shocked and impressed at the same time .
I know nothing about this and wanna say thanks for that information.

Elvis has for sure great fans.(y)

Tommy
08-01-2008, 07:32 PM
Good to hear this news, good for your club (y) thanks for posting (y)

Unchained Melody
08-01-2008, 09:03 PM
I'm abit shocked to that Lisa nor her mother didn't contribute nothing.:blink:

Brian
08-02-2008, 03:50 PM
I'm abit shocked to that Lisa nor her mother didn't contribute nothing.:blink:


I am not shocked sir

vivalasvegas
08-02-2008, 08:07 PM
in my opinion, for all those who had comments about how this campaign should have been run, or who should have funded it , i ask you: DID YOU DONATE? or did you do anything for the star? if you did not, that says something. or consider this: the opportunity had waited since 2004, you missed your chance to do it the way you think it should have happened. too late now, i suppose!:hmm:

Miss Clawdy
08-02-2008, 08:35 PM
in my opinion, for all those who had comments about how this campaign should have been run, or who should have funded it , i ask you: DID YOU DONATE? or did you do anything for the star? if you did not, that says something. or consider this: the opportunity had waited since 2004, you missed your chance to do it the way you think it should have happened. too late now, i suppose!:hmm:

As it seems you have run this campaign with great success, and we,
Elvis' fans, made it possible to honour him with this star (y):D!
Congratulations to 'A Star For Elvis' and Keep up the good work (y)!

utmom2008
08-02-2008, 09:52 PM
I'm abit shocked to that Lisa nor her mother didn't contribute nothing.:blink:


I am not shocked sir

Why are you not surprised Brian?:doh:

Unchained Melody
08-03-2008, 11:59 PM
I am not shocked sir

How come Brian ?

Brian
08-04-2008, 12:02 AM
How come Brian ?


Because there are a lot more things they could do for Elvis legacy sir

The fans get things done for Elvis and they don't

Job well done everybody

Unchained Melody
08-04-2008, 12:06 AM
The fans get things done for Elvis and they don't


Your exactly right here !!! (y)