Elvis Presley fans have had a special relationship with Regional Medical Center, a part of Regional One Health, for many years. In 1983, then Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris dedicated the trauma center at Regional Medical Center, in honor of The King of Rock & Roll. At the dedication, Elvis fans collectively gave $50,000 to the trauma center, becoming the seed capital for our philanthropic organization, Regional One Health Foundation.
In addition to being the only level-one trauma center within a 150-mile radius of Memphis, the Elvis Presley Trauma Center is the only health care facility in the world to bear Elvis’s name.
In 2005, Regional One Health Foundation partnered with Elvis Presley Enterprises to offer the first authentic license plate bearing the image of Elvis Presley. Since then, Tennessee drivers purchasing the license plates have generated more than $128,000 for the Elvis Presley Trauma Center.
Elvis fans from across the globe continue to call and email Regional One Health Foundation to request the state license plate, which is available only to licensed Tennessee drivers. To meet this broader demand, The Foundation and Elvis Presley Enterprises developed and released the Elvis Presley souvenir license plate in 2010.
These specialty plates are priced at $19.95 plus shipping and handling and are available for anyone to purchase. The authentic Tennessee state issued license plates are available at your local county clerk’s office whenever you renew your automobile tag.
The money raised from the sale of both plates is used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the trauma center and provide training for front line staff, all of which helps to save lives. In recent years, Regional One Health completed work on a new Trauma Training and On-Call Center funded in part with revenue from these license plates.
Help ensure Elvis’ memory lives on by purchasing your souvenir license plate by calling 901-545-6006 and ordering one or more today.