11/20/08 – Read “‘Reno’ star reflects on local cause,” an interview with Ben Garant about Myles Horton and Highlander, in today’s Knoxville News Sentinel here.

Ben Garant speaking at Highlander's 75th Anniversary Party in Los Angeles, 8/17/08
Ben Garant speaking at Highlander’s 75th Anniversary Party in Los Angeles, 8/17/08

On Saturday, November 22nd, Robert Ben Garant, co-creator, writer and star of Comedy Central’s hit show, Reno 911!, will appear at a reception to celebrate and raise funds for Highlander. The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Farragut Building, 530 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. The suggested minimum donation is $25.00.

Known to many as Deputy Travis Junior on Reno 911!, Ben Garant is also a co-writer and director of such big screen hit films as Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury, and Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams.

A native son of East Tennessee, Garant will be featured at the event spinning tales of Highlander’s early history and telling stories about his great-uncle, Myles Horton, founder of the Highlander Center, and the influence Myles had on his life.

“Highlander has always emphasized the power of art and culture in social justice work,” says Pam McMichael, Highlander’s Director. “we are honored to have an artist of Ben’s caliber here with us honoring the work of his uncle Myles and making the connection between what he learned at Highlander and its influence on who he is as an artist and a man.”

If you are planning to attend the party, please RSVP by contacting Tami Newman: newman (at) test.highlandercenter.org or 865-933-3443 x234. For more information, click here.