Local stars show up for One Unforgettable Night teen dance benefit

KNOXVILLE - A few local stars shined brightly on the dance floor Sunday night to help chronically-ill patients at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Former WWE Superstar and Dandridge resident Glenn Jacobs, known during his wrestling days as the masked wrestler Kane, came out to bust a move at  the One Unforgettable Night teen dance at The Grande Event Center.

Jacobs said he was glad he could help bring some normalcy to the teen patients at the dance.

"The whole point is just to be a kid and just be a teenager, and for just one night forget about whatever problems or illnesses you might have," Jacobs said. "It was great to see the joy these teenagers experienced just by being able to attend their own dance."

Jacobs wasn't the only local star at the event. Fresh from performing at halftime at Neyland Stadium just a day earlier, The Voice's Emily Ann Roberts made a surprise appearance to sing a few songs.

"It just means to world to me to see the smiles on everybody's faces. Just to be able to have a small part in that, it means everything," Roberts said.

Roberts was joined by Tennessee-native and country music singer Lawson Bates. Bates said he was glad he was able to help and said seeing the reaction from the teens made it all worthwhile.

"Music is a very powerful thing, and when you see it speak to people and see somebody's face light up, that's something you can't describe and something I really enjoy," Bates said.

To top it all off, a few of the Lady Vols and Vol football players decided to crash the party as well, so it truly was an unforgettable night for many.

Dance organizers Corey Ozair and Crystal Jacobs said the dance was free for teen patients, their dates and chaperones. Local businesses donated make-up services, a photo booth, prizes, and goodies for gift bags.

"It's just really cool to see people, you know teenagers who normally don't get to attend school dances or the prom be able to come somewhere, have some sense of community with each other, and have some fun," Ozair said.


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