Dolly Parton organizes Nashville telethon for Sevier County fire victims

NASHVILLE (WATE) – Dolly Parton and a number of country music stars including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are set to perform in a telethon next week to help the victims of the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.

“Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” will air Tuesday, December 13, at 8 p.m. on the Great American Country cable channel. The three-hour telethon will raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, set up by The Dollywood Company, Parton and her dinner theaters to support families who lost everything in the fire.

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The telethon will also be simulcast on several radio chains. More celebrities are set to be announced as taking part in the next few days.

“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 fund will provide eligible families with $1,000 a month for up to six months. Any family who lost their primary residence, whether they owned or rented, is eligible. A pre-application form is available online.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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