Commodores in the Community luncheon a hit

Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson and a host of Commodore football players served lunch to over 500 faculty and staff members Thursday at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center. On the menu were hot dogs, potato chips, and drinks.

Photos by Whitney D.

While the faculty and staff members dined, video played on two large screen projections showing past footage of several Vanderbilt teams. Each member had the opportunity to spin a wheel and win a prize. Among the prizes given away were window stickers, mini-balls, lanyards, c.d .'s of the Vanderbilt Marching Band, and black and gold shakers. A drawing was also held to give away an authentic football jersey and autographed mini-Vanderbilt football helmet.

Many diners also left with an autographed poster. A couple of those in attendance indicated they would consider becoming new season ticket holders.

Among those serving to the hungry crowd were linebacker Jonathan Goff, fullback Darnell Martemus, safety Ben Koger, punter Kyle Keown, and kickers Bryant Hahnfeldt and Leon Solimani.

Coach Johnson worked the room meeting and talking with several of those in attendance. One political candidate for the State House, Councilwoman Brenda Gilmore, took advantage of the event to meet with prospective voters in the August 3 Democrat primary.

Making his public debut was the new Commodore mascot "Big C," an air-inflated 9 foot giant. Big C was an instant hit with those in attendance.

Jonathan Goff (he has been a busy guy this week!) and Darnell Martemus at the autograph table

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