Vanessa Williams in Syracuse for Orange game against Duke

Vanessa Williams with Bill Lovine at Melo Center charity auction.

The celebrities are in Syracuse tonight less than 24 hours before tip off of the big game against the Duke Blue Devils. Former Miss America and star of television and stage Vanessa Williams spent time tonight at a charity auction benefit at the Melo Center on the Syracuse University campus.

Williams chatted with Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim and his wife Juli. She also talked with other guests and took some photos that were shared on social media. Williams will sing the National Anthem before the game begins at 6:30 Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse hoops legend and NBA great Dave Bing was also at the Orange practice facility for the charity event tonight. Bing was given his old Syracuse Orange number 22 for bidding at the auction.

The charity event benefits Syracuse University Athletics. One of the auction items tonight was tickets to tomorrow's Syracuse/ Duke game.