(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Graceland and American Idol are pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, reports Robert F.X. Sillerman, chairman and chief executive officer of CKX, Inc. CKX will donate 100% of the net proceeds from Graceland, the Memphis home of Elvis Presley, collected on September 10 to aid the hurricane victims. The American Idols tour will also add a show September 11 in Syracuse, NY at the War Memorial in the OnCenter, with all net proceeds of that concert going to the victims as well.
In addition, Sillerman said that CKX will match contributions made by its employees to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Sillerman made the first CKX donation, $100,000, and a total of more than $300,000 has already been collected.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragic and horrific hurricane," Sillerman said. " I am sure Elvis Presley's fans as well as our Idol audience will be pleased to see that their support of our entertainment properties will be helping their neighbors who have suffered such tremendous losses. We at CKX are proud of our employees' swift and generous response to this crisis." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner