Ray of Elvis Paying It Forward
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Ray Guillemette Junior has been entertaining people around the world as a Ray of Elvis for 23 years. From the early days in the fifties to the concert days in the seventies.
Each year for the last six year around Thanksgiving, Ray holds a Christmas concert for our wounded troops, the Wounded Warriors.
Ray told me, “What I like about the Wounded Warriors project, as I’ve learned over the years, is that it not only deals with the soldier, he or she respectively gets this care, this rehabilitation, but also deals with the whole family. Then outside of the family, it helps to generate the desire for a soldier to help a soldier.”
Ray was introduced to the Wounded Warrior project not long after he lost his leg in a 2001 motorcycle accident. He says, “I’ve never served in the military, again I think it’s sort of paying it forward. At a time when I needed assistance, when I needed the belief that you know, either my life as an entertainer is over, some of the first people that inspired me were the military, were the soldiers. The gentleman who taught me to run again, so again it’s just paying it forward.”
This year’s concert for wounded warriors, the 6th annual, is November 27th at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee.
Ray says, “So we’re gonna have the holiday classic hits. We’re gonna have a few of the old standbys as well and you know, it’s always a chance to enjoy the music of a legend.”
A Ray of Elvis Christmas Card is Sunday, November 27th at 5p.m. at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee. Tickets are $20.00.
For tickets and reservations call (413) 593-5222, and Ray promises, it’s going be a great time because you really can’t go wrong with Elvis!