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Elvis Presley Fellowship Fund

Priscilla Parker, President of We Remember Elvis Fan Club, with
Randy Galioto
at the We Remember Elvis Spring Festival.

We Remember Elvis Fan Club

Elvis' legacy of generosity continues through the work of the Elvis fan clubs worldwide, most of which are heavily involved in charitable endeavors in Elvis' memory. West Penn's Burn Center has received over $90,000 in donations from the We Remember Elvis Fan Club since 1985. This Pittsburgh-based club has over 600 members from around the world, including members from Poland, Germany, Japan and Australia. It is one of the largest official Elvis Presley Fan Clubs in the United States. Their goal is that Elvis be remembered with pride and dignity. Priscilla Parker is President of the We Remember Elvis Fan club.

Elvis Presley was famous for giving away Cadillacs, cash and jewelry, often on the spur of the moment. But, the true breadth of his generosity is not widely known. In 1961, Elvis gave a benefit concert in Hawaii that raised over $65,000 toward the building of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. His 1973 Aloha from Hawaii television special, its pre-broadcast rehearsal show and concert merchandise sales were a benefit raising $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

Each year, for many years, Elvis gave $1,000 or more to each of fifty Memphis-area charities. He also made many other charitable donations in Memphis and around the country. However, most of Elvis’ philanthropic endeavors received no publicity at all. Throughout his adult life, for friends, for family and for total strangers, he quietly paid hospital bills, bought homes, supported families, paid off debts and much more.

Each year, the We Remember Elvis Fan Club hosts the We Remember Elvis Spring Festival. The proceeds from the festival benefit the Elvis Aaron Presley Visiting Fellowship at West Penn's Burn Center.

For more information about the Festival, call 412-561-7522.

We Remember Elvis Fan Club members with
2010 fellow, Dr. Lucas Lesta of Argentina

Elvis Aaron Presley Burn Visiting Fellowship Fund

The Elvis Aaron Presley Burn Fellowship Fund was established by the We Remember Elvis Fan Club to support visiting members of the burn care team from other nations, particularly developing countries, to West Penn's Burn Center. Burn care team members can include residents, registered nurses, physical and/or occupational therapists and other ancillary personnel who are currently working with burn patients and are interested in learning the latest techniques in burn care treatment and rehabilitation. Participants return to their home country and share best practices with their colleagues. Past participants have come from as far away as Turkey, Italy, Argentina and Israel.

The Fellowship Fund is a terrific program that allows us to exchange information with other providers and help to raise the level of burn care provided here and across the globe. We are grateful to the members of the We Remember Elvis Fan Club for their support.

West Penn Hospital’s Burn Center is the region’s first and only burn center to be verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for care of both pediatric and adult patients and the only one to be verified five times.

 

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