As more and more news breaks about the devastating fires that swept through east Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region, Sevier County native Dolly Parton has shifted into action to help out her childhood friends and neighbors.
On Dec. 13, country music’s precious living angel will host “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” on GAC – Great American Country. The three-hour telethon will air nationally starting at 8 p.m. ET and will simulcast on multiple radio chains and other platforms to be announced in the coming days.
In a press release, Dolly said, “My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special. 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.”
As if the purpose alone wasn’t enough to make you tune in, Dolly’s longtime friend and duet partner Kenny Rogers will join her for the telethon. “Islands In the Stream” anyone? Keep in mind that Kenny has announced he is retiring from the music business and his final show is scheduled for April 2017, so there won’t be too many more opportunities to see this handsome legend perform. Also joining Kenny and Dolly is everyone’s favorite fiery redhead, Reba McEntire, and the beautiful and talented Alison Krauss. You won’t want to miss this.
The My People Fund has already committed to give $1,000 per month for six months to every family whose home was destroyed or is uninhabitable as a result of the fire. During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call: 1-866-CARE-MORE to donate to the My People Fund. Tax-deductible donations can also be made at DollywoodFoundation.org or Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.