Gospel recording artist Vickie Winans made a surprise appearance during a community block party in Pontiac on Friday, July 20 from Noon – 4 p.m.

The event was held on the 400 block of Sanford Street between Prospect and Wilson in front of the Elam’s Barber & Beauty Shop. Roland Elam, Jr., owner of the barbershop, organized the event in an effort to promote unity amongst the city’s residents.

Although the highlight of the event was the performance by Winans, attendees were also treated to several selections by the Christ Temple Apostolic Church youth choir and several impromptu performances by members of the audience. Representatives from the Palace Foundation’s Pistons Flight Crew were on hand with their mobile basketball court as well as officers from the Oakland County Sheriff’s department who talked to the youth about safety related issues. The fire department also came with their portable smoke house to teach kids how to avoid fire hazards.
In addition, the younger children enjoyed a moonwalk and free food and drinks were served.

Mayor Clarence Phillips and Pastor Willie Elam of the Christ Temple Church gave words of exhortation to the audience. Elam said he hopes the block party will become an annual event.