Nearly 100 Tennessee residents sank their toes into the Lambert Acres Golf Course in support of the Samaritan Place and the elderly.
Barefoot Benefit, a one mile/5K charity run, took place Sunday afternoon in order to raise money for the Samaritan Place, a nursing home benefiting low-income seniors.
Martin Leamon, junior in accounting, was pleased with the final product of the event but disappointed that the Barefoot team did not meet their overall goal of runners.
"We met our goal as far as providing a great experience and creating a good product is concerned," Leamon said. "We did not meet our attendance or financial goals. We needed more runners."
The team had set a goal to have at least 300 runners and to raise $8,000. They only had 99 runners.
They were unable to reveal how much money they actually raised for the Samaritan Place.
"We broke even on race day expenses," Leamon said. "I won't be able to find out how much money we actually raised until we have our next meeting later this week."
Leamon was pleased with how everything turned out in the end.
"I really enjoyed the event. We didn't have as many people as we would have liked, but everyone I spoke to had nothing but good feedback and I think that's what is most important," Leamon said. "We had a great product and everyone really enjoyed it."
This year, instead of having the typical one mile/5K race, the Barefoot Benefit team decided to expand the event into more of a music festival. Six different musical guests performed throughout the afternoon.
Local artists Jared Henderson, Michael Whitesides and Son Duo, Karen Reynolds, Kudzu, the Josiah Atchley Band, Shake Ragg, and Shelley May and Scott performed at the event, beginning at noon and playing until about 4:30 p.m.
Kelley Hall, junior in logistics, volunteered at Barefoot Benefit and really enjoyed her time at the event.
"It was a lot of fun. It's always fulfilling when you volunteer," Hall said. "The event was definitely unique. There were people of all ages and it was nice having everyone just hang out and enjoy the music. On top of that, it was a beautiful day."
Allison Pruter, freshman in accounting, ran in the race and admired everything the Barefoot Benefit team had put together.
"It was a really relaxing atmosphere, and was a great way for me to end the weekend," Pruter said.
Natalie Rammer, junior in business, is proud of how the group of students worked as a team all semester to put together the event on Sunday.
"We all offered creative inputs to make this event the best thus far," Rammer said. "We have all grown in our expertise as business students, and I could also say this has been the most rewarding educational experience in my time at the University of Tennessee."