Moms and sons get to play super heroes

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Super heroes converged on the River City Sunday, keeping at bay any villain who may have been planning a dastardly deed.

From Batman to Spiderman to Superman, these defenders of justice were ready at any moment to protect the planet from evildoers; however, the intent of the gathering was to spend time with mom.

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The Southern Cultural Heritage Center played host to the inaugural “Show With My Superhero.” The event was an opportunity for mother and son to spend time together, and it included a screening of the “Lego Batman” movie.

Attendees were also encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costumes.

Ellis Campbell was dressed as Spiderman, but said his favorite super hero was Batman.

“I have his bat castle, and he has those bat throwing things,” Campbell said.

His best friend, Noah Ponder, agreed that Batman was awesome.

“Batman is my favorite because he has cool skills,” Ponder said.

Ellis Campbell’s mother, Amy, was also dressed for the “Show With My Superhero” event.

“Any time there is an opportunity to dress like a super hero, we are there,” Amy Campbell said.

Helping with the event were SCHF board member Stacey Teller and St. Aloysius High School student Gray Houser, who were outfitted in Mr. and Mrs. Incredible costumes.

Houser said Teller asked if he could help and gladly accepted.

“I couldn’t say no because this was something for the kids,” said Houser, who was also caught flexing his Mr. Incredible muscles during the evening and posing for pictures with many of the children.

Prior to the screening of the movie, musical tracks from super hero movies were pumped through speakers at the SCH Auditorium, as the pint-sized protectors flew (ran) around pretending to fight with the enemy.

Stacey Massey Mahoney, who serves as the SCHF executive director, said combined, more than 30 mothers and sons attended the Sunday event, which served as a fundraiser for the SCHF.

The proceeds from the “Show With My Superhero,” Mahoney said will go into the SCHF’s general fund.

“Due to the collapse of the wall on the old convent, our insurance has increased and this has encouraged us to do some additional fundraising,” Mahoney said.

Also, as an added fundraising event for the SCHF, a father/daughter princess ball has been scheduled.

Details are still being finalized, but the date has been set for Sunday, Nov. 5.

And because of the success of the “Show With My Superhero,” Mahoney said the SCHF would offer a repeat event.

“We could not have asked for it to go any better, and we know we will do another one in the near future,” she said.

Mothers who attended the event with their sons agreed that the evening was a success.

“I think this is a great opportunity for some one-on-one mother and son time,” Jackie Ponder said, with Sarah Rice adding, “I am glad they (SCHF) did this. It’s a great opportunity for Vicksburg.”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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