BLOOMINGTON — Robert Stolzman thinks it's important to give back to the community when he brings a show to town.
His "Ultimate Elvis Tribute," starring Shawn Klush, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts — with proceeds going to Marcfirst, a Twin City agency that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It is the second straight year that the Elvis show has played in the Twin Cities and many Marcfirst clients will be at the show as guests, said Stolzman.
Stolzman, of Dynasty Entertainment, said he's had a long interest in helping agencies like Marcfirst.
"I worked with the late Ricky Nelson many years ago and about six years ago, one of the old and still living band mates of Rick contacted me and asked me if I could help raise money for an organization he created in California called Rhythmic Arts Project that deals with people who have intellectual differences."
Stolzman, who had a brother with such a disability, ended up setting up a show in St. Charles to raise money for the organization.
"That started my new career, though I am long retired, this keeps me busy. I decided to expand on this idea across the Midwest and to find venues and local organizations that deal with intellectual differences that we can donate the proceeds to and also donate as many seats as needed to the organization for their clients to come to the show they would not otherwise have a chance to see."
He said he does shows in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa. His plan is to expand and "help raise money since our government does nothing for these organizations. I used to cry when I saw my brother and my parents couldn’t get him help. He is no longer with us, but I know he is watching from above and feeling good that we are helping his friends."
Last year, more than $500 was raised for Marcfirst after all expenses were paid, and Stolzman wants to do better than that this year, noting the musicians "give a big discount" to help the cause.
"My dream is to make it grow and enjoy watching the clients enjoy the show. Music is something they all understand and enjoy," he said, adding, "MarcFirst and I have slowly built a good relationship and hope to maintain it for years to come."
And, he noted that Elvis' music continues to draw people of all ages.
"He had the voice, the music, looks, charisma ... his music had a lot of feeling that touched most of our lives yet his music had a bounce to it that can make you 'wanna dance, and a lot of the music brought the romance out of a lot of people."
Tickets for the BCPA show range from $44 to $64. Call the BCPA ticket office at 309-434-2777 or visit its website, www.artsblooming.org.
Stolzman is bringing a second show to the Twin Cities in November. "The Complete Beatles Experience" will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Proceeds from that show also will go to Marcfirst, he said.