Watch Dolly Parton’s ‘Smoky Mountains Rise’ Benefit Telethon
On Tuesday night (Dec. 13), from 8PM ET until 11PM ET, Dolly Parton and a host of other country stars and famous names are coming together for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, a telethon that will raise funds for wildfire relief efforts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A number of outlets will broadcast the event, including The Boot; readers will be able to watch the telethon above.
After wildfires tore through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge — resort towns in East Tennessee’s Sevier County — in late November and early December, Parton (a native of the area) established the My People Fund to provide $1,000 a month for six months to families “whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed” because of the fires (a pre-application for those looking for assistance is available now at DollywoodFoundation.org). During the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, viewers can call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund; donations are also being accepted through the Dollywood Foundation website, and via mail:
My People Fund
c/o Dollywood Foundation
111 Dollywood Ln.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Additionally, viewers can donate via text: Send DOLLY to 501501 to make a one-time $10 donation, or send DOLLY25 to 501501 to make a one-time $25 donation.
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund will feature performances from Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Lauren Alaina, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LoCash, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss. RaeLynn, TG Sheppard and Larry Gatlin will be helping to answer phones during the telethon, along with Paula Deen and sons Bobby and Jamie, Dailey & Vincent, comedian Henry Cho and more.
In addition to the livestream above, Parton’s benefit event is airing on the Great American Country network, AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network. A number of other platforms — including iHeartMedia’s digital and on-air channels, Cumulus Media’s Nash Nights Live, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel, USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks — are simulcasting the event.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Association reports that there are more than a dozen confirmed deaths and more than 100 confirmed injuries due to the fires. During the evacuations, guests of Dollywood’s cabins and DreamMore Resort were relocated; though the theme park itself was unharmed, a dozen of its Smoky Mountain Cabins were damaged or destroyed. According to TEMA, nearly 1,500 structures were damaged or destroyed by the fires.
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