By Barbara Sysak Special to My Life
October 9, 2013 at 3 a.m.
When Debbi Hicks moved to Memphis 28 years ago, she never imagined that she would become a collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia. But, she knew right away that she needed to develop an appreciation for the hometown talent of “the King.” And she did.
For 10 years she owned Memphis Video Productions and one of her biggest clients was Graceland. According to Hicks, they were wonderful to work with and they taught her so much about Elvis. Through her relationship with Graceland, she collected some impressive art, Elvis movie posters, photos, invitations and Christmas cards.
Now, that she doesn’t have her business, she’s looking for new homes for her collection — and hoping to make that connection through the upcoming Creative Aging Artist Showcase silent auction.
Hicks’ Elvis memorabilia will be up for bid during the showcase auction on Nov. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Robinwood Retirement Resort. It benefits Creative Aging, a the nonprofit organization that provides art experiences where seniors live and gather.
“Since the Elvis collectibles were a gift to me, I feel I should give back to the Memphis artists’ community by supporting this auction for such a great cause,” explains Hicks. Over the last eight years, Creative Aging has paid out over $500,000 to local professional musicians and visual artists in the greater Memphis area. “I believe Elvis would greatly approve of the type of economic impact Creative Aging is having on our local talent,” said Hicks.
Included in the collection are a full-size, framed, color movie poster for the 1957 musical film “Jailhouse Rock,” an original Christmas card sent to Hicks from Graceland, an invitation to the Jan. 9, 1997 Elvis Birthday Banquet, a framed poster featuring the sheet music of “Blue Suede Shoes” from the 1997 Blues Ball, and an original sketch by Mike Huey of the Elvis Presley Marquee at the famous Atlanta Fox Theater. The Huey piece is signed, framed and numbered.
Available for bid will be a framed and signed photo by photographer Jeff Scott of Elvis’ Motorcycle in front of Graceland from the Personal Elvis Presley Collection. There are also several small items that would thrill any Elvis collector.
Creative Aging’s sixth annual Artists’ Showcase & Silent Auction will be held at Robinwood Retirement Resort, at 2795 Kirby Whitten Parkway at Summer Avenue. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. In addition to the Elvis memorabilia, there will be a diverse array of other items that have been donated by local merchants available at the auction.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, visitcreativeagingmidsouth.org/artists-showcase