By Niki Scheinberg, Memphis Commercial Appeal | Theatre Memphis honored Priscilla Presley’s contributions to Memphis art and tourism Friday night with a gala, “Honoring Priscilla Presley: The Artist, The Woman,” featuring more than a dozen speakers and a live musical tribute.

The organization also announced the dedication of a $2,500 performing arts scholarship in Presley’s name.

The event follows the increased attention Memphis received during the promotions for Baz Luhrmann’s movie “Elvis,” including a visit to Graceland by the director and the cast, hosted by Presley herself. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Graceland to the public, a move organized by Presley which has brought Memphis millions of visitors from around the world.

Several Memphis leaders spoke on Presley’s everlasting impact on the city and awarded her honors, including Pastor Keith Norman of First Baptist Church, US. Rep. Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented Presley with a key to the city.
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Niki Scheinberg is a reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at monika.scheinberg@commercialappeal.com.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Priscilla Presley honored by Theatre Memphis with gala, scholarship

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