​An Evening of Good Behavior with HABIT

Ruff Reading Program in East Tennessee
A student reads to a dog in HABIT’s Ruff Reading Program in East Tennessee. Photo courtesy HABIT. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), one of the country’s oldest animal-assisted therapy programs, and Swofford Financial will host “Barbeque, Bidding and Bluegrass: An Evening of Good Behavior with HABIT.” HABIT is a non-profit outreach program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM). The fundraiser will take place at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 5 – 7 p.m.
Judy Lockhart DiGregorio, author, humor columnist and workshop leader, is the featured guest speaker. DiGregorio has written more than 300 columns and essays and has published in The Writer, Army-Navy Times and the Chicken Soup books. Her collection of humor essays, Life Among the Lilliputians, was featured at the 2009 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.
Guests can also participate in a spirited silent auction as they enjoy a barbeque dinner and bluegrass music from The Grassroots Gringos.
From 4 – 5 p.m. guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the museum and begin bidding on the silent auction items.
Each year 250 HABIT volunteers and their animals make more than 200,000 contacts in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, various units at Children’s Hospital, schools and drug recovery programs.
Tickets are $35. For more information about the event, call 865-974-5633 or email habit-et@utk.edu. Visit https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/outreach to learn more about the outreach program.

One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377, sharbiso@utk.edu