The long-awaited Elvis Presley Souvenir License Plates are now available at The MED Foundation's online store for $19.95. They look very much like the authentic ones; just don’t get caught driving with it.
Elvis Presley fans have had a special relationship with The Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED) for many years. In 1983, then Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris dedicated the trauma center at The MED, in Elvis’s name. At the dedication, Elvis fans collectively gave $50,000 to the trauma center. That became the seed capital for The MED Foundation, the hospital’s philanthropic arm.
In 2005 The MED partnered with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., 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 $114,000 for the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center.
The money 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. Most recently, The MED completed work on a new Trauma Training and On-Call Center, which was partially funded with revenue from the license plates.
Elvis fans from across the globe have called and emailed The MED Foundation to request the license plate, which is available only to licensed Tennessee drivers. To meet this broader demand, The MED Foundation and Elvis Presley Enterprises developed the souvenir license plate.
In addition to being the only level-one trauma center in a 150-mile radius, the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center is the only health care facility in the world to bear Elvis’s name.