Elvis Presley was born in this house and spent his younger years in Tupelo. In his early teens his daddy got a job and relocated the family about hundred miles up Highway 78 to Memphis. It was there that Elvis recorded a few tunes that we all know by heart by now.
Elvis never forgot his roots. After he became famous, one of the places he first performed live was back home in Tupelo. That's when Barbara Mallory and four of her friends came up with a grand idea. They formed an Elvis Presley Fan Club with the idea of maybe getting to meet Elvis in person.
"But it didn't work," said Barbara, who got his autograph, "But I was too shy to talk to him."
Well, all these years later the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club has over 800 members worldwide and they work. Current club president Keith Henley says they fund a lot of projects, mostly supporting youth programs in the Tupelo area, the aquatic center, regional rehab, even St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, plus 10-thousand dollars a year in scholarships to high school seniors statewide in Mississippi.
"We put our money back into the youth of Mississippi specifically in this area," said Keith.
The money comes from fundraisers, many of them at the Tupelo Elvis Festival the first week of June every year in Tupelo.
"We set up a booth and we sell t-shirts and bricks and memberships," said Barbara.
But the biggest fundraiser the club has is through the sale of Elvis Presley Mississippi Car Tags. You can get one for your car next time you renew your tag. And $24 dollars of the fee goes to the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club and gets turned around and handed out to their many projects.
"We get around 35 thousand dollars a year off the sale of the car tags," said Keith.
But that averages out to only a little over one tag per month per county. You can make other drivers all shook up with envy when they see your Elvis car tag, and help the Tupelo Fan Club Make A Difference at the same time.