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Justin Shandor will bring the life and music of Elvis Presley to life at the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation's "Evening in the Park" fund-raiser set for Saturday, Aug. 27 in Grandview. Shandor has been performing his tribute to Elvis since he was 16-years-old.
   Accolades for young Justin Shandor as Elvis range from the best Elvis ever to being a real crowd pleaser. Lower Valley audiences will have an opportunity to see and hear him perform Aug. 27 when he appears for one show at the Country Park Fairgrounds in Grandview. Tickets are available by calling 837-1336.

GRANDVIEW - The Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation is seeking support from the community on Saturday, Aug. 27, tempting people first with a best ball golf tournament, followed by a gourmet dinner and a concert featuring Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor.

It's all part of the Foundation's 13th annual golf tournament, which this year will be expanded to include a dinner and entertainment event called "Evening in the Park."

Earlier this year, the Foundation board agreed to expand its fund-raising efforts by creating Evening in the Park, a dining and entertainment extravaganza.

Evening in the Park will be held at the Grandview Fairgrounds, Wallace Way, and will feature a catered gourmet dinner and a Las Vegas-style floor show. The headliner for the floor show is the top rated Elvis impersonator, Las Vegas's Justin Shandor, who will present "A Tribute to Elvis."

Shandor, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the King, will be performing on stage at 7 p.m. Along with Elvis, there will be performances from Reba McIntyre and Roger Miller look-alikes, said event organizer Carol Allen.

She said the Aug. 27 event will also feature an opportunity to sample several notable Washington wines and microbrews, as well as an auction of wine packages and other donated items, which is set to begin at 5 p.m.

"The idea behind the event is to give folks in the Lower Valley and beyond a very special night out," said Allen, who is the Foundation's event coordinator.

"We hope all our friends in the Lower Valley will join in, but we also hope to create a weekend event that will attract people from the Tri Cities and Yakima to spend the day and night in the Valley," Allen said.

The Foundation's fund-raising day will start with the annual Four-Person Best Ball Golf Tournament at 8 a.m., Saturday, at the Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Allen said as many as 22 teams of four have traditionally taken part in the best ball, shotgun start event. The cost is $55 per player and includes lunch.

"You can play golf in the morning, and have dinner and a show with us that evening," said Allen.

The dinner and Las Vegas style concert tickets are $75 per person.

Allen said proceeds from both events have been earmarked for the planned 2006 start of the remodeling of the hospital's emergency department.

Tickets to the dinner and entries to the golf tournament are available by calling Allen at the Foundation office, 837-1336.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at

Elvis is coming to Lower Valley

by Julia Hart

When Justin Shandor takes the stage, one can't help but see the similarities the handsome young man has to the late great Elvis Presley.

While Shandor claims he doesn't see the resemblance, when the 21-year-old starts to sing one of Elvis' anthems, he definitely becomes the King.

Lower Valley audiences will have an opportunity to see Shandor as Elvis when he appears at the Country Park Fairgrounds on Wallace Way in Grandview Saturday, Aug. 27, as the headliner for the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation's "Evening in the Park."

Shandor, who keeps a busy schedule traveling around the West performing in all kinds of venues, from state fairs to casinos, said he has been perfecting his Elvis moves since he was 16-years-old.

He quickly gained a reputation for being the best Elvis impersonator on the circuit, combining the look with all the famous Elvis moves and, of course, the voice.

This past week Shandor was in Portland, Ore., appearing in concert, before returning home to Las Vegas, where he regularly performs at the Elvis-O-Rama showroom. However, he said trips home are few and far between as the young performer is on the road four and five times a week.

As a part of Jamie Goetz's Revue of Rock and Roll Legends, Shandor performs at all kinds of venues from Eagles lodges to state fairs, he explained. Earlier this spring Shandor was the headliner at the Toppenish Eagles Special Olympics fund-raiser, where he packed the lodge as he performed his "Many Faces of the King" tribute concert.

As one of the youngest Elvis impersonators in the United States, Shandor prefers to think of himself as a fan who is just paying tribute to the legend that is Elvis Presley.

In his shows, Shandor presents the life and music of Elvis in three parts, covering the early years, the movie years and Presley's Las Vegas days. "My show closely follows Elvis's career," said Shandor. "My favorite era is the 50s, but my favorite songs are from the 70s," he said.

"Those songs really allow you to let loose and sing," he explained. "That's what I really like to do," he added.


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