DENVER (CBS4)– The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina was in Denver on Wednesday to make good on her Super Bowl bet. Before the Denver Broncos beat the North Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Jennifer Roberts and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made a friendly wager.
Part of the bet included volunteering in the winning team’s city as part of the Service Bowl Project. On Wednesday, she joined Hancock to make some much needed repairs and improvements to one woman’s home.
Roberts brought some other dignitaries from Charlotte who also helped repair cabinets, clean and spruce up the landscaping. They volunteered alongside AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members at the home in West Denver.
The bet highlights what both mayors call the biggest priorities in their communities which include creating and rehabilitating affordable housing.
Rebecca Pacheco, the grateful homeowner, said the help of the volunteers ensures she will be able to stay in her home.
“I see all these wonderful faces and I think, ‘Oh, Lord help me hold back the tears.’ I am overwhelmed, I’m blessed,” said Pacheco.
The Service Bowl Project has been part of the Super Bowl wagers for the past four years and is hosted by the national non-profit Rebuilding Together.
Roberts believes next year, Hancock will be the one volunteering in Charlotte.