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Flash mob, Elvis impersonator send Denver woman to Graceland

DENVER — Denver International Airport joined forces with the nonprofit Wish of a Lifetime to help send an 87-year-old Denver woman on a dream trip to Graceland in style Monday thanks to a flash mob and Elvis impersonator.

The “Wish of a Lifetime” for Alma Sewell includes a visit to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, a stay at the Heartbreak Hotel, and a private tour of the Civil Rights Museum.

Sewell lived in Memphis, but was never able to visit Graceland.

“As an African American woman living in the segregated south in the 1960s, Alma faced many hardships,” said Cori Streetman, spokeswoman for Wish of a Lifetime.

She has been a life-long Elvis fan after receiving an Elvis record as a gift while she and her husband lived in Bermuda in the 1950s.

Alma was nominated for the Wish of a Lifetime because of her “history of giving back to her community,” and her involvement in desegregating the schools in San Diego, Streetman said.

Since its founding in 2008, Wish of a Lifetime has granted over 550 Wishes to seniors.