Betty White Received Award in Knoxville

Knoxville (WVLT) - Golden Girl TV star Betty White is in east Tennessee. She took in a ride on a big yacht down the Tennessee River and accepted a big award.

Volunteer TV's Lauren Davis was there for the presentation.

Everyday, animals throughout the world benefit from the lifetime of work of actress Betty White. Thursday night she was awarded for her help and efforts to save animals lives.

Christmas came early in Knoxville Thursday night. Carolers welcomed Betty White as she arrived on the Volunteer Princess yacht for a festive evening on the water.
She mingled with fans and then put her signature on the hand blown Christmas ornaments.

"It's rather exciting, all good friends so it's very exciting, and I'm spoiled rotten," White said.

100 percent of the proceeds from the $500 per person dinner go to the Morris Animal Foundation, which is currently funding 120 humane health studies in 13 countries and 25 different species. White has been affiliated with the foundation for 40 years, and she was honored for that dedication.

"What's your favorite part?" Lauren asked.
"The enthusiasm for animals and all animal lovers," White said.

The animal lovers loved these ornaments made by Knoxville's Joy to the World, designed locally and hand painted in Poland. All proceeds from the sales of the ornaments go to the Morris Animal Foundation.

"The cruise has been better than expected. It's the first time we've done this progressive dinner on the yacht and then ornaments to boot," said Lisa Kelechava from Joy to the World.

And the sweetest note is animals are the beneficiaries of all the money raised which will advance animal health worldwide.

The star studded evening ended with desert and a surprise firework show over the water. You can also see Betty White Friday on WVLT Volunteer TV News at Noon.

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