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KNOXVILLE — It’s a night full of fun, music and food all for a great cause. The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is celebrating its second annual NightinGala.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at The Foundry at World’s Fair Park.

This year’s guest speaker is Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable. Robin Wilhoit, co-anchor of WBIR’s Action 10 News, will serve as emcee. The evening will feature cocktail hour and dinner, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment. The fundraiser is open to the public. The cost is $100 per person and $150 per couple.

Funds will support the college’s programs and help UT continue to meet the growing need for nurses. Last year more than 230 alumni and friends gathered at the inaugural NightinGala fundraiser to show their appreciation and support for UT’s College of Nursing and helped raise more than $78,000.

“We want to increase awareness of the community about nursing education as well as celebrate what the nursing program has brought to the community and to health care in this area,” said Dean Joan Creasia.

Registration for the NightinGala is due by Sept. 20 at or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs 974-3011. For information on becoming a corporate sponsor, purchasing a table, or donating auction items, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs.

The corporate underwriter of the event is Tennessee Donor Services. Other corporate sponsors include Regional Neonatal Associates, The Pilot Corporation, The University of Tennessee Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

C O N T A C T :

Phyllis Moore (865-974-3011,

Kristi Hintz (865-974-3993,