June 22, 2024

Fan make signs to in hopes of getting the attention of Hunger Games star, Liam Hemsworth. Zach Dennis/ TNJN

Liam Hemsworth signs autographs for Hunger Games fans at Knoxville Regal Premiere event.
Zach Dennis/ TNJN

Liam Hemsworth walked the red carpet at the Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 Tuesday night to benefit the annual Variety: the Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee.

The charity event included an early screening of the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as appearances from one of the stars, Liam Hemsworth, and the director, Francis Lawrence.

A drawing for a limited number of tickets was offered to Regal Crown Club members, which included a grand prize of four free tickets and a limo escort.

Fans lined up at the theater hours in advance to get a glimpse of the coveted star arriving at the event. Kelsi said, “I left school early, just to make sure I had a good spot in line! I have to see Liam! He’s amazing!”

Many members of the eager crowd had made posters declaring their love for the Hollywood star, some even proposing marriage. Miranda, 16, said, “I think it’s great he’s doing this all for charity and taking the time to come all the way to Knoxville, Tenn. How crazy is that?”

The event helped raise more than $500,000 for Variety: A Children’s Charity, which helps to improve children’s lives all around the world. The charity’s local chapter, founded in Knoxville in 2001, has accumulated more than $5 million for East Tennessee children.

Hemsworth joined an established list of stars to participate in the fundraiser that includes the Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner and X-men star Hugh Jackman.

Edited by Jessica Carr

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