County Chamber Dinner
to highlight fundraiser in English, Ky.
to be presented at dinner
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (October 2011) Todd Bodenheimer
gets all shook up when he thinks about taking the stage and performing.
Thats because he has always been a huge fan of Elvis Presley and
emulates the musical icon every chance he gets.
Because his mother was a big Elvis fan, Bodenheimer was exposed to Elvis
at a young age. When he began to enter karaoke contests, I got
lots of comments, said Bodenheimer, 38.
I love singing. Ive sang my whole life in church choirs
and played drums in bands. He also plays keyboard and has impersonated
Elvis for the last nine years.
The first contest Bodenheimer entered was an Elvis Karaoke Contest at
Coyotes bar in Louisville, Ky. He beat out 27 Kentucky area contestants.
One of the judges was a promoter and put together Elvis Fests,
he said. She said she could use me in her shows.
has earned quite a
reputation at Elvis
For the last three years, Bodenheimer has been impersonating
Elvis full-time. He has a degree in machine tool technology but gave
up his former job of the last 14 years as a tooling engineer to dress
and sing like Elvis.
I mostly stay to the east side of the country, said Bodenheimer,
who works shows from Chicago to Florida. He will travel to Las Vegas
soon, working the west side of the country and working with friends,
Bodenheimer enters many international competitions and national contests.
This year he won two regional competitions. In January 2011, he appeared
in Springfield, Ill., to take part in the Midwest Tribute to the King.
Originally from Louisville, Bodenheimer moved to Oldham County nine
years ago. Bodenheimer lives in Borrowick Farms, between Buckner and
Bodenheimer has added a couple of new performances to his repertoire
over the years, such as Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and Roy Orbison,
just to make the show different every time, to make it exciting,
because I have a lot of the same crowd.
Bodenheimer will entertain the audience at this years 14th annual
Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Awards and Recognition Banquet on
Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Old English School House. It is located at
3989 Hwy. 389 in English, Ky. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include a buffet, silent auction, wine
tasting, dinner and a performance by Bodenheimer.
Attendees will be able to experience two eras of Elvis entertainment.
The first hour of Bodenheimers performance will revolve around
Elvis black leather 1968 comeback. The second hour of his show
will contain hits form the 1970s or jumpsuit era, said Bodenheimer.
This is our annual banquet in which we recognize and celebrate
the businesses of the community and our scholarship recipients for the
year, said Bret Calhoun, Administrative Assistant for the Carroll
County Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corp. All proceeds
from the silent auction are used to fund this coming years scholarship
recipients, said Calhoun.
The Chamber presented the 2011 graduating class with six $500 scholarships.
We hope to meet or exceed this amount this year, Calhoun
The banquet is being held at this new location this year that was chosen
because it fit perfectly with our theme of from the 1950s until
today, she said. The theme, Rockin thru the Years,
represents the idea that established businesses in Carroll County have
grown and new businesses have emerged.
Calhoun said that local businessman Jim Fothergill is creating photo
displays of the various businesses that have been in Carrollton as well
as current pictures of them today.
It should be a nostalgic event that a lot of people will remember,
Several awards will be presented at the banquet:
Community Impact Award;
Raymond Ray Community Service Award;
Business Hall of Fame. This new award will be given to a
business that has been open for 50 years or more. This year, all businesses
that have been in business under the same ownership for 50 or more years
will be recognized at our banquet and will receive a plaque with a permanent
plaque hung in the Chamber office listing the Hall of Fame
members. If you wish to include your business, or someones business
you know, please contact the Chamber with this information by Sept.
15. Call (502) 732-7034.
A latter award is new this year and will recognize individuals
who have won awards within their own organization, said banquet
chair Michelle Goff. We want to give them kudos as well.
This is Goffs first year as a member of the Chamber and to serve
as banquet chair. She said that wine tasting, offered by River Valley
Winery in Carrollton, is always a big part of the silent auction.
The change of venue from the Conference Center at Gen. Butler State
Resort Park to the old schoolhouse will be a wonderful way to
reinforce our theme, said Goff.
Seating is limited and the public is welcome.
Tickets are $35 per person, $50 a couple or $200 for a table of eight.
Reserve tickets at (502) 732-7034.
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