(8/27/12) On August 16th, the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, fans gathered at the Lunda Community Theater to rock 'n roll and raise funds for Black River Memorial Hospice and Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.
Elvis impersonator, Tony Redmond, wowed the crowd with his musical talents and Presley antics. He engaged the audience, especially Judith Ann Thundercloud – the concert promoter – by inviting her on stage and singing Elvis's "Love Me Tender".
Elvis concerts, started by the Thundercloud family in 2006, have grown from back yard parties to the Lunda Theater. It's Thundercloud's way of paying homage to her idol and giving back to her two favorite organizations. With generous donations from the Ho-Chunk Nation and several individuals, raffles and a silent auction, the concert earned approximately $3,500 to be shared with Hospice and Interfaith.
Winners of the raffles were Judy Halik - autographed football; Russ Schleifer - 40" TV donated by Thundercloud; Marge Collins - glider rocker donated by Black River Furniture Outlet; and Jeffrey Cook - $50 cash.
Following the Hospice and Interfaith fundraiser concert on Aug. 16th, organizers posed with "Elvis". Pictured from left to right are Karen Foust, Cindy Clark, Tony Redmond, Judith Ann Thundercloud, Jan Eckles, and Nehomah Thundercloud.
Elvis impersonator, Tony Redmond performed for friends of Hospice and Interfaith at the Lunda Community Theater on Aug. 16th.
Cindy Clark, Manager of Volunteer Services at Black River Memorial Hospital and Karen Foust, Interfaith Program Director both shared that they appreciate all the hard work that goes into fundraising and are very thankful for the effort put forth by the Thundercloud family and to everyone who attended. Organizers are looking forward to yet a larger crowd next year.