Elvis has left the building, but not before thrilling those attending the Sixth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.
Music from Elvis tribute artist Jake Slater, along with a parking lot packed with more than 80 classic cars and motorcycles, took attendees down memory lane.
The hospital’s rehabilitation and nursing center presented the July 25 event.
“It was a wonderful turnout and such a treat for our residents and their families,” said Jeff Godfrey, the rehabilitation and nursing center administrator. “To see the joy in the faces of our residents is special. We’re so grateful to the community and car owners who continue to attend and support this event.”
About 500 people attended the show, helping raise about $700 for the center’s activity fund. For a small donation, community members enjoyed a meal, music and a chance to see colorful, classic cars, trucks and motorcycle of all types.
Matt Smith’s 1967 Ford Mustang took first place in people’s choice voting. Bob Godbold took second place with his 1914 Ford, while Rick Noder took third place with a 1932 Ford. The Harold Sutter Memorial Trophy went to owner John Doyle and driver Duane Nelson for a 1957 Chevrolet Belaire.
Resident Marjorie Dupree, who turns 90 on August 10, shared her excitement at hearing Elvis again.
“I can’t believe it!” she exclaimed. “I’m thinking about way back when he started. My son told me, ‘Don’t touch Elvis, don’t you go grabbing him.'”
Resident Beverly Jones also enjoyed the show.
“I love it,” she said. “He looks like Elvis.”
Heather Nicklas, recreation activities coordinator at the center, said Slater did a great job relating to the residents.
“Jake was really sweet,” she said. “He is very talented, but he goes beyond singing and dancing. He takes the time to interact with the crowd to make them feel special.”