The 2013 SOUPer Bowl begins with the national anthem and a coin toss.
The annual fundraiser for New Bethlehem Community Center follows the format of the real Super Bowl, but with one distinct difference.
Participants have the benefit of knowing they’ve done something good to help their community, said Sheridan Glaze, the center’s new executive director.
“Our Super Bowl is the S-O-U-P-E-R Bowl,” she said.
The program Feb. 2, just a day before the big game, even includes a half-time show.
“It’s a lot of fun with door prizes, entertainment and comfort food,” she said.
New Bethlehem Community Center was founded in Augusta in 1912. Today, it offers a host of services to those in the surrounding Bethlehem neighborhood and across the city, including a food pantry, clothing closet, GED classes, computer literacy classes, senior program and after-school program.
The campus on Conklin Avenue is also home to a community garden and playground.
The center is supported by a handful of grants, the United Methodist Women and local churches, Glaze said.
“We have a great deal of support here in the community,” she said. “We’re very grateful for the community support that we get.”
Glaze said she hopes the SOUPer Bowl will raise $5,000 to go toward New Bethlehem’s programs.
“We are here in the community to serve the people who are in need,” she said. “We are an extension of God’s work, and we’re happy to be here. We’re happy to serve.”