The Former Ladies of the Supremes will perform a benefit concert on New Year's Eve at Centennial Hall. (Courtesy Image/Former Ladies of the Supremes)

Former Ladies of the Supremes to headline NYE event

Tickets are now available

You can’t hurry love, but you can hurry into next year with the Former Ladies of the Supremes.

The musical group will headline a benefit concert at Centennial Hall on New Year’s Eve.

According to Lance Mitchell, one of the show’s organizers, the proceeds from the performance will support the Helping Hands Food Bank of Juneau.

[Juneautites fill Governor’s Mansion as annual open house returns]

“The Supremes. What a way to start the year,” Mitchell said in a Tuesday phone interview with the Empire. “It’s going to be a fun thing. Just good, clean fun.”

Mitchell explained that the evening will also include performances by local artists Brown Sugar, Sherry Patterson, Eliza Valentine and the comedy of Corin Hughes-Skandijs and Alicia Hughes-Skandijs.

Mitchell said the Former Ladies of the Supremes includes artists Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene and that the dance floor will be open. Mitchell said a full bar will be available.

T.K. Maguire’s will cater a surf-and-turf dinner before the show, Mitchell said.

Karen Fortwengle, the Helping Hands Food Bank director, said the fundraiser will help the organization operate as the local need for food grows.

[It takes a village to create a holiday tradition]

“Ever since the pandemic, the need has become greater, but the need is increasing now that government help is going away,” she said in a Wednesday phone interview.

She said the food bank serves 200 families each week, and all money raised will go directly to operations.

This picture shows the publicity photo for the upcoming concert featuring the Former Ladies of the Supremes. (Courtesy image/Lance Mitchell)

This picture shows the publicity photo for the upcoming concert featuring the Former Ladies of the Supremes. (Courtesy image/Lance Mitchell)

“We are always looking to raise money to pay rent and electricity. We purchase food when we can’t get donations to make sure people have their basic needs met,” Fortwengle said, adding that the food bank is also in need of a new-to-them van.

The Helping Hands Food Bank operates from a warehouse in Switzer Village from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Fortwengle said a new sign directs customers to the area.

“We don’t ask questions,” Fortwengle said. “We just say our doors are open and we are here to help.”

• Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at or 907-308-4891.

Know & Go

What: New Year’s Event featuring the Former Ladies of the Supremes and local artists.

When: Friday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, followed by the show at 7 p.m.

Where: Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive, downtown

Admission: Tickets for dinner and the show cost $150. Show-only tickets cost $100. Tickets are available from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, at Hearthside Books, and online at Eventbrite. Organizers will check vaccine cards at the door and social distancing and masking protocols will be in place.

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Dec. 3

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
Teachers and school board members talk during the Juneau Board of Education and Juneau Education Association’s annual meet and greet in mid November. JEA contract negotiation team declared impasse last Friday and are in the process of filing for federal mediation.
Juneau teachers union declares impasse amid drawn-out negotiations

Still, the teachers union and district express optimism about working toward agreement.

This photo shows an Alaska State Trooper patrol vehicle (Juneau Empire File)
Troopers: Man killed raven, consumed its tongue

No arrests or citations made at this time, but investigation is underway.

Gavel (Courtesy photo)
Man sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex abuse of a minor

DNA and sex offender registration required as part of sentence.

Writers’ Weir: A window into the sea

A nonfiction story by Rodger Painter.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Thursday, Dec. 8

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Kéet and Oscar wait patiently to play on the beach in winter in Wrangell. (Vivian Faith Prescott / For the Capital City Weekly)
Planet Alaska: Winter words

Phrases and words to use to create a Lingít language immersion outing in the winter.

Most Read