Elvis Performance Shakes Up Valdosta For A Good Cause

By Eames Yates
June 1, 2013

Valdosta, GA -

Elvis was definitely in the building Saturday night at the Mathis Auditorium.

The benefit concert was hosted by the Alzheimer's Caregiver Time-Out Group. They provide support for people taking care of friends and family with Alzheimer's.

Ann Walker-Smith is the program director. She said "there's a hundred and ninety five thousand approximate Georgians with Alzheimer's and so eighty percent of that care is done with family and friends. So to take some relief off the families, that's what we're here for."

Seventeen year old Austin Irby has been performing as Elvis since he was ten. He made the trip from South Carolina to headline the event.

He said "back where I live I do a lot of nursing homes and a lot of people tell me you should charge at the nursing homes and I said no. Just to see the people smile and just to see the smile on their face and the happiness of seeing Elvis, that's my money right there."

Roughly five million people in America have Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to triple by the year 2050.


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