Photos by Steve Shay
Award-winning Elvis impersonator and West Seattle architect, Bret Wiggins, wows the crowd, mostly the gals, Friday night, Sept. 28, at the Senior Center of West Seattle which held a fundraiser.

SLIDESHOW: Elvis gets crowd all shook up at Senior Center of West Seattle fundraiser

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The Senior Center of West Seattle was rockin' & rollin' Friday night with "An Evening with Elvis!", a dinner fundraiser to help the center. West Seattle's very own award-winning Elvis impersonator, architect Bret Wiggins, made his second appearance at the center. As we reported here, Wiggins won first place last Jan. 14 when he beat 18 other Elvi in tough competition at the 15th Annual Elvis Invitationals at the EMP Museum downtown with "Suspicious Minds". He placed 2nd the prior two years. West Seattle resident Jim Dever of KING5 hosted that extravaganza.

Senior Center's movie activities director, Terry Holm, sponsored the event.

While Elvis fans raised money for the senior center, they also raised the roof, with over 20 tunes performed including "Viva Las Vega", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", his gospel "Lead Me Guide Me", and "Speedway". That song was from the 1968 Elvis movie of the same name, co-starring Nancy Sinatra.

In the film the King wore a red jacket with white vertical racing stripes. Wiggins sported a similar red jacket for the first half of the show, then changed into the iconic white jumpsuit and cape worn by Elvis for his Aloha From Hawaii concert Jan. 14, 1973.

Bret's son, Connor, 11, a Lafayette student, helped out with the audio. Connor's brother, Luke, helped set up. Bret's proud aunt, Joyce, in from Limerick, Pennsylvania, cheered him on, and Bret's youthful wife of 26 years, Judy supplied him with scarves and Hawaiian leis he offered to the smitten female fans, along with a kiss during his romantic songs.

Also in the audience was West Seattle's Bob Fox, his wife, and family sharing a table. The West Seattle Herald featured Mr. Fox, an out-spoken anti-smoking advocate and WWII veteran.

Upcoming Senior Center events:

Halloween Rainbow Bingo
Friday, Oct. 19
Make your reservations - 932-4044 x4. We’ve been selling out!

Gay 90’s Party!
Tuesday, Oct 23
The community is invited to Salute 90 year olds
11:45 am Meatloaf luncheon
12:30pm Seattle Banjo Band Enjoy songs of yesteryears. Donation $6 FREE to those over 89!

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