Carroll County Chamber Dinner

Elvis impersonator Bodenheimer
to highlight fundraiser in English, Ky.

Annual Business Awards
to be presented at dinner

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (October 2011) – Todd Bodenheimer gets all shook up when he thinks about taking the stage and performing. That’s 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. I’ve 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.”

Todd Bodenheimer

Photo provided

Todd Bodenheimer
has earned quite a
reputation at Elvis
contests nationwide.

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,” he said.
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 La Grange.
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 year’s 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 Bodenheimer’s 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 year’s 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 said.
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,” she said.
Several awards will be presented at the banquet:
• Beautification Award;
• 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 someone’s 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 Goff’s 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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