Be-bopping for Lifeline

Sock hop helps raise funds, awareness of counseling center

Elvis would have been proud of his former paper boy. There he was, up on stage, singing (or rather lip synching) to the King’s tunes while poodle-skirt clad girls in the audience swooned.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll might have been a little taken back by the uncanny resemblance that Chuck O’Connor had to the pride of Memphis, especially the jeweled jumpsuit and jet black sideburns.

The hair, suit and voice may not have been Chuck’s, but the story about delivering the Memphis newspapers to Elvis were. Chuck, who is Family Life Minister at First Baptist Church when he’s not entertaining for a good cause, grew up in Memphis and was Elvis’ paperboy, once even getting an invitation to play football at Graceland with Elvis.

On Saturday, however, Memphis was far away, and the minister was putting on a show for a good cause. The cause was Lifeline Counseling Center, a faith-based nonprofit that offers help in areas such as relationship issues, depression, anxiety, divorce, stress management, self-esteem as well as child enrichment programs for children and teens, to name a few.

Dubbed the Be-Bop-A-Lula, the evening featured dancing, a cake walk, Ed Wilder’s “famous barbecue” and a soda fountain, complete with ice cream sundae’s and root beer floats.

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