Dolly Parton Organizing Telethon for Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims
Dolly Parton is stepping up once again for Tennessee residents who were impacted by the wildfires that raged in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge recently. The singer is organizing a telethon, with the proceeds going to benefit the victims.
According to Nashville news channel WKRN, a representative for Parton has confirmed that the event will take place in Nashville on Dec. 13, and 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go to wildfire victims. No venue, network or lineup information has yet been announced, and Parton has not formally announced the event via any of her social media platforms.
Parton was born and raised in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains that were hit by the fires, and she has been a passionate advocate for the region, providing an economic engine for the local economy with her theme park, Dollywood, bringing tourism to the area. The popular attraction narrowly missed being hit directly by the wildfires, and Parton has already announced the My People Fund, which she established through the Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation. The fund will provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the fires.
“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton says. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies — including the Dollywood theme park and DreamMore Resort, my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure and my Dollywood Foundation — to help me establish the My People Fund.”
"We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires," she adds. "I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet."
For more information or to donate to the My People Fund, visit DollywoodFoundation.org.
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