Rocking into town for charity
ELVIS Presley impersonator DeanVegas intends to get Mur- willumbah “rocking”. Then he plans to take over the mayoralty of the Gold Coast. Mr Vegas, who has performed tributes to the late, great King of Rock and Roll internationally over the past 11 years, hit Mur- willumbah yesterday to promote a charity concert on March 1. He has volunteered to entertain at the concert and raise funds for the NSW Cancer Council. Two weeks later he is starring in the Gold Coast City Council --------------- --------------- election as a mayoral candidate. Four years ago Mr Vegas came third in the mayoral race, win- ning almost 25,000 votes, or 12.5 per cent of the count. And just as he has tried again and again before winning inter- national contests with his Elvis tributes, Mr Vegas hopes persis- tence will pay off this time round in the council election. But first Mr Vegas wants to win the hearts and wallets of Murwillumbah to aid cancer re- search. “Let’s get this town rocking. --------------- --------------- Let’s turn it into a party town and raise money for charity,” he declared. Mr Vegas, whose career as an entertainer has been built solely around Elvis Presley, said he had idolised The King since he was a boy. “I thought ‘Wow, if I could be like anyone, it would be great to be like Elvis’.” “When I’m up there I do a tribute. But there is a lot in the show that’s Dean Vegas. “It’s all about entertaining people, not about being Elvis.” The Elvis Lives fundraiser is due to start with “finger food” and bar service at 6.30pm in the Murwillumbah Civic Centre. The show is to get under way at 8pm. Tickets at $35 a head are avail- able from the Southern Cross Credit Union in Murwillumbah. Spokesperson Penne Millar said well-known businessman and Tweed River Jockey Club president Bernie Quinn would auction a variety of donated goods and services during an interval in the show. The event is part of this year’s Relay for Life fundraising, with the actual weekend relay on April 5 and 6 at the showground.