Knoxville TV Personality Raises Funds for Children's Hospital at Chick-fil-A
On air personality Russell Biven, of WBIR-TV in Knoxville, stood just beyond the drive-thru window at the Chick-fil-A on Homberg Drive recently, collecting donations for Dancing with the Knoxville
Stars, the fifth annual fundraising event for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Russell and a host of other Knoxville stars raised funds and turned out to dance at the gala event, held March 22 at the Knoxville Expo Center, with all proceeds going to East Tennessee Children's
"Russell called and asked if he could come hang out at our restaurant to collect money for Children's Hospital and we said sure," says Eddie Halliday, owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A on Homberg Drive.
"He told his audience he would be outside our restaurant just beyond the drive-thru. It was cold, but he stood out there along with our cow, and he had people writing some good size checks. He said he'd
never had such a generous response."
When it came time for Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, Russell made a dramatic entrance via zip line onto the dance floor and ended up winning both the dance competition and the fundraising portion
of the event. He raised $21,163. His dance partner for the evening was ballroom dance instructor, coach and owner of the Academy Ballroom in Knoxville, Emily Norris.
Other stars in attendance included actor David Keith, cartoonist Charlie Daniel, singer-songwriter Jordan Hill, comedienne Leanne Morgan, and other local on-air personalities Dusti Kempf, Amanda Hara
and Don Dare. In all, close to $120,000 was raised.
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