Carson-Newman University hosts 'Hunger Games' for charity

Carson-Newman University hosts 'Hunger Games' for charity

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JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - Carson-Newman University is holding its third annual high-energy Hunger Games event this weekend to support nine charities in East Tennessee.

The event runs Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17 and incorporates elements of "The Hunger Games" books and movies, the TV show "Survivor," and paintball.

The fundraiser is timed to coincide with the opening of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Nov. 23.

Charities benefiting from this year's event include: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Knoxville's Global Seeds, Appalachian Outreach, Boys and Girls Club of Dumplin Valley, Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, Bonner Out-of-School Time Programs (BOOST), Yoke Youth Ministries, and Young Life.

Last spring, the games brought in close to $8,000, which went directly to Appalachian Outreach. Donations are given within the context of the game. Eighteen contestants will represent nine districts, and each fundraiser will partner with a district's two tributes (contestants).

The not-for-profit's donation amount is tied directly to their tribute's success in the games. However, all proceeds go to each of the nine not-for-profit organizations.

Carson-Newman invites the community to join the fun. The games will be on live-stream, and the community is invited to donate online.

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