NEWS ON 4 JANUARY 2007
Greetings and Thanks from the MIFA and Presley Place Staff 12/30/2006
A message from the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA):
Thank You, Elvis Fans!
The MIFA and Presley Place staff wish Elvis fans around the world a happy holiday season and an Elvis-filled new year. We greatly appreciate all you do for us throughout the year. Here are some updates about some of the things you help us accomplish.
MIFA?s Presley Place Celebrates Elvis
In conjunction with Elvis Week in August, Les Passees and MIFA?s Housing Opportunities Program co-hosted a reception and tour of Presley Place. The reception featured cookbook guru Ellen Rolfes and food samples from her book, Graceland?s Table, filled with favorite recipes submitted by Elvis fans.
Meals volunteer and member of the Exxon Annuitants Club Fred Daniels won the Elvis memorabilia that people registered for during the Memorabilia Show held in conjunction with Elvis Week.
About MIFA and Presley Place
Founded in 1968, MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association) serves more than 60,000 people annually with twelve programs that address our community?s changing needs. These services include opportunities for housing, nutrition, education and career development. With a mission of helping change lives, MIFA works with people of all ages to transform their lives with services that sustain and education that empowers.
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A joint venture between the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation and MIFA, Presley Place provides families who are homeless with transitional housing. Since opening in July 2001, Presley Place has been home to more than 100 families, providing a safe and nurturing environment where residents can learn the skills and get the education they need to be independent and productive members of society. Presley Place is supported by Lisa Marie Presley and was highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October.
Elvis & EPE 2007 - The 30th Anniversary Year in Preview 12/27/2006
Following is a press release issued today by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.:
THIRTY YEARS LATER,
ELVIS CONTINUES HIS REIGN
With younger and younger audiences discovering Elvis and the number of projects planned for 2007, the King of Rock & Roll continues to entertain with a career reaching new generations. The anniversary year begins with the January 8 celebration of his birthday at Graceland and continues through Elvis Week 2007 in August, which promises to be the largest ever.
MEMPHIS, TN ? December 26, 2006 -- Nearly thirty years ago on August 16, 1977, legendary entertainer Elvis Presley died at age 42. In his 23-year career, he become the top-selling recording artist of the music industry, spent time on Hollywood's lists of highest paid actors and top box office draws, broke viewer ratings records with his television specials and television guest appearances, and broke concert box office records in Las Vegas and on national tour. At the start of his career, his unique, instinctive, natural blending of pop, country, gospel and R&B music, presented with his charismatic and then-provocative style, touched off a revolution in music and popular culture. Today, his influence still reverberates and his presence seems more ubiquitous than ever.
There are at least 400 active independent Elvis fan clubs around the globe and on the Internet there are hundreds of Web sites devoted to interest in the superstar in addition to the official site, Elvis.com. In recent years, Elvis CD and DVD releases have topped the sales charts in territories around the world. Today, licensing activity for official Elvis products and ventures is at an all-time high. Recently Atlantic Monthly magazine published the results of its poll of ten eminent historians to name the 100 most influential figures of American history. Elvis Presley is one of only a handful of entertainment artists to make the list.
Graceland Mansion, his beloved home in Memphis, Tennessee, which has been open for public tours since 1982, welcomes over 600,000 visitors per year - half of them today are age 35 and under. In 2006, the Graceland staff played host to President George Bush and avowed Elvis fan, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan, an event that generated extensive media coverage everywhere. Also in 2006, Graceland Mansion, the most famous home in America after The White House, was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of the fact that Elvis Presley lived there. Presently, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), the company that manages the Presley assets, and its parent company CKX, Inc. are engaged in developing a master plan for an extensive revamping of the property surrounding the original Graceland grounds. It?s currently scheduled to be realized within the next few years and will include new visitor amenities, exhibition and entertainment facilities, and hotels.
Now, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and CKX, Inc., along with their collaborators, licensees and venture partners, are preparing for a full and exciting year of activity in 2007, the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' passing, which is expected to help carry the Elvis phenomenon to even greater heights. It begins with the Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration at Graceland in January, follows through with special DVD and CD releases and special official products from licensees, and crescendos in August with what is expected to be the biggest of all the annual Elvis Week celebrations to date.
Among the key happenings in 2007 are:
The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration
The 30th Anniversary year of 2007 will have its official kick-off with The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration, a roster of special events at Graceland and elsewhere in Memphis, January 5 through January 8. Among the events are The Elvis Presley Birthday Pops presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis on January 6 and the annual Elvis Presley Day proclamation ceremony at Graceland Mansion on the morning of January 8.
DVD and CD Releases
Currently on the global market as the 30th Anniversary year is about to dawn are the Summer 2006 single-disc concert releases Elvis: '68 Comeback ? Special Edition DVD and Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii ? Special Edition DVD, which are follow-ups to the 2004 smash hit release of deluxe box sets of material shot for these programs, and the November 2005 release Elvis ? The Ed Sullivan Shows, a three-disc DVD set containing in their entirety the three Ed Sullivan Show episodes in which Elvis appeared.
Completed and in limited release in 2006 are the single-disc DVD Elvis Lives ? The 25th Anniversary Concert and the DVD box set Elvis: The Ultimate Movie Collection ? Graceland Edition, both of which will see their full retail rollout in early 2007. Anticipated for 2007 are upgraded DVD re-releases and first-time DVD releases of a roster of Elvis Presley movies.
In the summer of 2007, EPE is set to release an all-new and expanded edition of its popular DVD, Elvis Presley's Graceland ? The Official Tour DVD.
Information on the aforementioned DVDs can be found on Elvis.com and ElvisDVDs.com.
Details are forthcoming regarding plans by Sony BMG, owner of Elvis Presley's RCA Records label catalog, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary year.
Throughout August 2007, the TV Land network will pay tribute to Elvis Presley featuring his movies, televisions specials and other programming, including material from Elvis: '68 Comeback ? Special Edition DVD and Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii ? Special Edition DVD. "Elvis Month" on TV Land will be complemented by an off-air promotional campaign.
Graceland's Silver & Gold Anniversary and More
The year 2007 marks not only the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, but also the 25th anniversary of the opening of Graceland Mansion for public tours and the 50th anniversary of Presley's purchase of his famed home. Elvis bought Graceland in March of 1957 and it opened to the public in June of 1982. In addition to the aforementioned new Graceland Tour DVD release, commemorating this dual anniversary will be the enormously popular artist Thomas Kinkade, who will unveil his special painting of Graceland Mansion and release limited edition prints, which will be available in both canvas and paper. The painting will be unveiled in a special event at Graceland in March 2007, approximately one year after Graceland was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Also in March 2007, a special exhibit of Elvis Presley's stage costumes from the major concert era of his career, 1969-1977, will open in the Graceland visitor center at the Sincerely Elvis Museum, an exhibition space that features a new themed exhibit each year or so. The permanent exhibits at Graceland relating the story of Elvis' career feature a significant display of costumes, which hold a certain fascination for the general public and have great meaning to devoted Elvis fans. The special exhibit will feature more than 50 additional Presley stage outfits, such as the famed "jumpsuits," with metal and rhinestone studding and matching capes, and others with elaborate embroidery. In addition, there will be related photographs, archival documents and performance footage. The special exhibit will be on display for two years.
EPE Product Licensees
A number of EPE's roster of over 200 licensees will commemorate the Elvis 30th Anniversary year with special products. Among those to be further detailed in individual press releases as the big year unfolds include the following:
In January 2007, Bruce Rossmeyer?s Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson, one of the dealerships owned by Bruce Rossmeyer, who is one of the largest retail franchisees of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles (the preferred brand of cycle enthusiast Elvis Presley), will open a permanent satellite location called Graceland Harley-Davidson in the visitor center across the street from Graceland Mansion. The company will also introduce the design of a limited edition of thirty Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be specially customized in tribute to Elvis for the 30th Anniversary year. Construction on each of the thirty bikes will commence as each advance order comes in. All are scheduled for completion in the summer and purchasers will be given the option of attending a special ceremony at Graceland in August during Elvis Week 2007 to pick up their custom Elvis Harley-Davidsons. The design will be completed and unveiled in early 2007.
In July 2007, The Hershey Company will introduce a limited edition of their Reese's peanut butter cups with an image of Elvis Presley on the packaging and a specially formulated peanut butter and banana crème flavor. The product will have a significant promotional campaign behind it.
Elvis Week 2007 in Memphis
Elvis Week is the annual gathering of Elvis fans and media from around the world for events at Presley's beloved Graceland Mansion and throughout the city of Memphis in celebration of the singer's life, career and legacy. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the 30th Anniversary edition the biggest Elvis Week to date. Along with the traditional Candlelight Vigil at Graceland, key events are the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, the first-ever official Elvis tribute artist contest presented by EPE, and Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert starring the real Elvis Presley via video technology, accompanied live on stage by an orchestra and a large cast of his original concert musicians and back-up singers. Elvis Week 2007, set for August 11-19, will include approximately four-dozen entertainment, social, sports and charity events.
The 30th Anniversary Concert, to be staged at FedExForum in Memphis on August 16, is already over 70% sold out purely as a result of online communication directly with the worldwide Elvis fan base, including 430 top-price VIP ticket packages that sold out in 20 minutes when tickets quietly went on sale September 12, 2006. Until now, there has not been an actual press release to announce the concert and the first concert advertisement has yet to run.
The full roster of Elvis Week 2007 events presented by EPE and by participating organizations is still being planned. A continuously updated calendar of events can be found on Elvis.com or one can go directly to the calendar through the address ElvisWeek.com.
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.Elvis.com. EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ National Market® under the ticker symbol "CKXE." Also visit www.ckx.com.
About CKX, Inc.
CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), a company controlled by Robert F.X. Sillerman and affiliates, is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley; the operations of Graceland; the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali; and proprietary rights to the IDOLS television brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in over 100 countries around the world. CKX plans to continue to make strategic acquisitions of, or partner or align with, companies or individuals that control various forms of established entertainment content, which may include intellectual property rights in music, film, television programming, written works and characters, rights to names, images and likenesses, video games, corporate brands and other related assets. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.com.
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