Catholic Charities holds Barefoot Benefit in Knoxville


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and the University of Tennessee School of Business held the “Barefoot Benefit and Fall Festival,” Sunday afternoon.

The Barefoot Benefit is a run or walk 5K where shoes are optional, but barefoot is more enjoyable. The event benefits The Samaritan Place, a program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee that houses homeless seniors.

Several undergraduates from the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, organize this event as part of a service-learning course. According to Dr. Ernest Cadotte, professor of the service-learning course who is organizing the benefit, “The students break ties with the normal classroom setting and, instead, are challenged to create a hands-on learning experience. Their mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place (an emergency shelter for the elderly) and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Samaritan Place.”

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