The public is invited to spend an evening with Joe Mendonca as Elvis on Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Albany VFW Post 584, 1469 Timber St.

Mendonca is a Vietnam veteran and popular Elvis tribute artist and he will be joined by several other entertainers.

He specializes in Presley’s Aloha Show, the first concert distributed worlwide by satellite, and met Elvis in 1973 at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe.

Mendonca told a Corvallis Gazette-Times reporter in 2005 that he has been an Elvis fan since he was six years old and first heard, “That’s All Right Momma” on the radio.

He said that in addition to being a world-wide talent, Elvis the man, “had a down-to-earth nature that anybody could relate to."

Friends nicknamed Mendonca Elvis in school and the moniker stuck, even when served in the Army and jammed with USO musicians.

Tickets are $5 or $15 for the show and dinner or $25 per couple. Call Linda Baker at 541-926-9712 for tickets and more information.

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Dinner will feature one of Elvis Presley’s favorite meals, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and cake and will be served at 5 p.m.

The show will start at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will be used to fund programs for VFW members and their families according to Gaylyn Shay, who is directing the event free of charge through her company, Legends NW.

Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977 at the age of 42.

The show is an all volunteer production.

Elvis Presley was known as “the king of rock and roll” and sold 600 million records worldwide, the best-selling solo artist in history. He was nominated for 14 Grammys and won three and earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 36.

Graceland, his home in Memphis, Tenn., attracts nearly a million visitors per year.

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