(WBIR - Jefferson County) Carson-Newman University helped celebrate the newest installment of The Hunger Games, the hit book and movies series based in the near future in North America, this past weekend.

But instead of pitting man against man and woman against woman in a test of survival of the fittest, 18 students braved the chilly East Tennessee weekend in hopes of raising money for local charities.

Hunger games survivor, Cameron Bledsoe, said raising money in the name of charity made sticking it out all night worth it.

"I felt like raising the money, it really was different instead of just doing it for me," said Bledsoe. "I'm actually winning it for something else or at least trying to continue on not for myself, but for charity."

In the end, Bledsoe beat out his 17 fellow competitors, after he raised more than $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity. In total, the competition raised $12,500 for nine area organizations.

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