Dream US tour is within reach

Elvis Pres­ley fan’s dream will come true

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times. com.au

IMAG­INE tour­ing the Amer­i­can land­scape for 17 days and cel­e­brat­ing the 40 year an­niver­sary of Elvis Pres­ley’s death.

It’s a dream that could be closer to re­al­ity than one would think, with raf­fle tick­ets to en­able one lucky win­ner to do just that now on sale for only $10.

Whit­sun­day vol­un­teer Tracey Lord has joined forces with prom­i­nent artist Mark An­drew to host the sold out “40 Years on Me­mo­rial Tour” with one ticket to be raf­fled to raise funds for Cy­clone Deb­bie re­cov­ery and sar­coma re­search.

The 17 day tour, val­ued at $8000, will take guests along the Mis­sis­sippi River, Mem­phis, New Or­leans, Las Ve­gas and Los An­ge­les.

While the 40 year an­niver­sary of Elvis Pres­ley’s death will be one of the head­line as­pects, tourists will also have a chance to drop by Mor­gan Free­man’s restau­rant as well as en­joy­ing all other sight-see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented.

Ms Lord said the fundrais­ing ef­fort would at­tract sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est across Aus­tralia.

Money raised specif­i­cally for cy­clone re­cov­ery by the Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days group in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from Ms Lord’s go fund me page, the raf­fle and other do­na­tions, with the com­mu­nity to have a say in how the money is spent.

“We want to work out with the rest of the com­mu­nity what we do with this money, we want it to be some­thing ev­ery­one has a say on that will ben­e­fit the town,” Ms Lord said.

She said a num­ber of “ex­cit­ing ideas” were in the pipe­line, with more in­for­ma­tion to come next week.

The raf­fle ticket will be drawn at a le­gends show in Mel­bourne’s South Oak­leigh Club fea­tur­ing Mark An­drew on July 1.

Mark An­drew is renowned for his “Dead-Set le­gends” shows.

Tick­ets to the Mel­bourne con­cert will cost $35, and there will be an added ben­e­fit for the win­ner of the US tour prize if they at­tend the con­cert.

“If they buy a (raf­fle) ticket and come to the show and their name is drawn out they will get $500 spend­ing money (and) one ticket to the Cirque du Soleil Bea­tles show,” Ms Lord said.

The US tour will be­gin on Au­gust 11.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Tracey Lord on 0400 181 248.

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