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10:24 a.m. April 6, 2012
First Camp Out for Homelessness is set for World's Fair Site

KNOXVILLE -- Knoxville residents will have an opportunity to camp out overnight at the World's Fair Park Festival Lawn in order to raise funds for Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) and to raise awareness of the difficulties of homelessness in our area.

On April 13-14, 2012 KARM Camp Out for Homelessness, a new event in Knoxville, hopes to bring together families, schools, churches and community groups to engage, inform and empower them to take action on behalf of the homeless and hungry living in our community.

"We are very enthusiastic about the new KARM Camp Out event, a way to provide family friendly fun and also spotlight the needs of the homeless, hungry and needy in the Knoxville area," said Danita McCartney, Director of Events at KARM. "We hope this event will open the eyes and hearts of our community and create an even greater awareness of the difficulties of daily living that those without food or shelter experience."

Gates open for the KARM Camp Out Friday evening at 5 p.m. with appearances by both Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchette. The UT men's basketball team will be on hand for a meet and greet. There will also be music by Davis Mitchell and the Dirty Angels, Cristobel and the Jons, and Levon Walker, special KARM presentations, youth group/children's activities, prizes for tent decoration and raised pledges, terrific food, and much more. The event will close at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, April 14.

Campers may register online at, where further details and fundraising sponsor forms are available. The camper registration fee is $25. Each camper is encouraged to raise $88.00 – the cost for KARM to provide emergency shelter and meals for one person for seven days. Participants do not have to stay overnight to attend.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Danita McCartney at or 865-633-7625.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries, which is home to nearly 400 people each night and provides nearly 1,000 meals daily, has served the area as a Christian ministry since 1960. KARM is devoted to rescue, recovery and restoration, providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community. To learn more visit or call 865-673-6540.

Additional sponsors of the KARM Camp Out are the Pilot Travel Centers, Rick Cox Construction, TNT Fireworks, WBIR-TV, WIVK-FM, The Sports Animal, Newstalk 98.7 and the Abundant Life Kitchen.

Published April 6, 2012

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