Wearing a long blonde wig and dressed in black, Vickie Hammond pointed at members of the audience as she sang about how they “must not know ’bout me” during “halftime” of the third annual New Bethlehem Community Center SOUPer Bowl.
Saturday’s fundraiser, which benefited the center’s programs, mimicked Sunday’s Super Bowl in the way it was structured.
For the first “quarter,” correct answers to Super Bowl-themed questions earned door prizes.
Silent auction items spread around the venue included floral arrangements, jewelry and candles.
During the second quarter, guests served themselves from a soup buffet featuring at least a dozen different kinds of soup donated by local restaurants. Hammond performed while guests dined.
She and her friend Sheridan Glaze, New Bethlehem’s executive director, included Hammond’s act because Beyonce will perform the Super Bowl halftime show.
Hammond lives in Atlanta now but attended the center’s after-school program when she was about 8.
“That was a long, long time ago. Like I said, I’m 50. But it’s still in existence,” Hammond said. “And this is a great time.”
Arnica Carmichael said she has no interest in sports but enjoyed the opportunity to have a nice evening out.
“It’s a really nice setup,” said Carmichael, who attended with friend Barbara Gordon, who donated food.
The community center was begun in 1911 by a Methodist deaconess. In the beginning, it served as a kindergarten, Girl’s Club, Boy’s Club, Mother’s Club and Sunday school. It moved to Conklin Avenue in 1928. Programs include after-school programs, a summer camp, a community garden, senior programs and a food pantry.