Last updated: May 20. 2014 4:38PM - 631 Views
Story and Photos by Alberta Stojkovic

Shirley Morris seems a little shy as 'Elvis' serenades their table and Marilyn Short looks on laughing.
Shirley Morris seems a little shy as 'Elvis' serenades their table and Marilyn Short looks on laughing.
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Yes, they did “shake, rattle and roll” at Seniors on Center in Mount Gilead last Thursday when “Elvis” aka Eric Bressi paid a visit. By­­­­ the end of the afternoon, ‘Elvis’ had lots of the ladies and not a few of the men “All shook up”! Bressi invited seniors to request a favorite Elvis song and his selections included: “I can’t help falling in love with you”; “Burning Love” and “Don’t be Cruel.”

Board Vice President, Carl Schaefer got the party started with a welcome and introduction of the District 5 Agency on Aging staff and County Commissioners. Commissioner Tom Whiston presented a certificate honoring Seniors on Center and designating “Senior Citizens Day.”

Seniors enjoyed a luncheon that included a hamburger, chips, a dill spear, cupcakes and a Coke. Then ‘Elvis’ came striding onto the scene wearing a Las Vegas costume. He kept the crowd in stitches with his humor and swiveling hip action. Bressi had a smooth and mellow Elvis baritone that ranged into a tenor and sang all the Elvis favorites from “Love Me Tender” to “Hound Dog.” Audience participation was a big part of the act as he tied shiny gold and blue scarves around the ladies who could scream the loudest.

Seniors on Center Director Pam Eastep was delighted with the great turnout for Bressi’s program that included Gospel music and a patriotic salute to veterans at the end of the act. She thanked local businesses and agencies for their contributions to the meal and door prizes.

Sponsors and donors included: Clear View Greenhouse, Coke Distributing, Curtis Ford, Eli Fisher Family, Gardens and Gifts, Health Care Plus – Pam Cudd, Jones Potato Chips, Kingston of Marion – Tammy Millisor, Mane Attraction – Mary Rizor, Mt. Gilead Auto Zone, Mt. Gilead Kroger’s, Mt. Gilead Pizza Hut, Mt. Gilead Save A Lot, Mt. Gilead Subway, Seniors on Center Board Members and Staff, United Way of Morrow County and Woodside Village.

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