Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, And More To Perform At Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon
In the wake of the forest fires that recently swept through the Great Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton, with the help of the Dollywood Foundation, The Dollywood Company, and Dolly Parton’s dinner theaters has set up a My People Fund to benefit those families who have lost their homes to the fires. Dolly feels a strong connection to her people in the Smoky Mountains and wanted to lend a hand to families in need:
“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”
The My People Fund will provide families in Sevier County who’s homes are uninhabitable or were destroyed in the recent fires $1000 a month until they are able to get back on their feet. You can listen to Dolly Parton talk about the fund below!
On Tuesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. (EST), Great American Country will be broadcasting Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. The nationally broadcast, three-hour telethon will feature Dolly Parton herself and a number of friends who are graciously donating their performances to benefit the My People Fund! So far, the list includes:
- Reba McEntire
- Kenny Rogers
- Alison Krauss
- Chris Stapleton
- Chris Young
- Big & Rich
- Michael W. Smith
- Amy Grant
- Chris Janson
- Montgomery Gentry
- Hank Williams Jr.
- Cyndi Lauper
- Don McLean
- Ronnie Dunn
- Jamey Johnson
- Lauren Alaina
A number of celebrities will be on-hand to answer the phones throughout the telethon! Paula Deen and her sons Bobby ad Jamie will be there along with RaeLynn, Daily and Vincent, Moonshiners’ Mark & Digger, TG Sheppard, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, Henry Cho and Tim Rushlow to name just a few.
“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Parton said. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.”
In addition, three new broadcast partners have been added to the telethon: AXS TV, RFD, and The Heartland Network. USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will be live streaming the event on their affiliate newspaper websites. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to watch though! Smoky Mountains Rise will also be simulcast across multiple radio chains like iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channels and several others!
During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate and all of the money raised will benefit to the My People Fund to help those families get back on their feet after the wildfires.
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