The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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July 3, 2014

Elvis entertainer coming to Enid Event Center

ENID, Okla. — A July 12 concert at Enid Event Center will be entertainment with a purpose.

Proceeds raised by ticket sales for international Elvis entertainer Marshall Matthews and the Memphis Kings will benefit Air Warrior Courage Foundation. The foundation helps military members with financial problems in situations not covered by government programs.

Wounded Warrior Emergency Support Fund provides assistance to injured members of the military and their families. Programs include family emergency health care; emergency lodging for parents and siblings; Christmas grants; emergency assistance grants; morale and recreation travel; family support projects; assistance with mortgage, rent, utility and insurance payments; moving expenses; emergency food needs; construction of wheel chair ramps; disaster relief; and college savings plans for dependents of military aviators killed in action.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. William R. Schwertfeger, born in Enid, raised in Grant County and trained at Vance Air Force Base, arranged the concert at Enid. The former Vietnam prisoner of war and 2013 inductee into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame is director of Wounded Warrior Emergency Support Fund.

Matthews said he and the band are pleased to be helping raise funds for Air Warrior Courage Foundation.

“When I researched it and found how dedicated they are to delivering funds and services to veterans and military members, I was amazed,” Matthews said.

Schwertfeger said more than 96 percent of every dollar given to the foundation is used to benefit members of the military or their families.

Matthews said the show is two and a half hours long and will include a special tribute to veterans and the military.

“We work very hard to make it as accurate a rendition of a true Elvis concert as anyone could ever hope to see,” Matthews said.

He said he and the band will perform Elvis’ major hits from the 1950s through the ’70s.

The playlist will include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog,” “That’s All Right Mama,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Suspicious Minds” and “Kentucky Rain.”

Matthews said the concert will include songs by other artists that Elvis performed in his own style.

“We also perform the very last hit he recorded,” Matthews said. “That’s called ‘Way Down.’”

Debbi Cay, a country singer in south central Kansas who retired from performing a few years ago, has opened the Marshall Matthews and the Memphis Kings shows for about a year, Matthews said.

Oklahoma guitar player Joe Settlemires also will perform, Matthews said.

Concert tickets are $28.50 with valid military ID, $35.50 for general admission, and $75.50 for VIP tickets and a chance to meet the band.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (855) TIX-ENID, online at www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall administration offices.

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