Dolly Parton is sponsoring a benefit and telethon to support those Sevier County residents who lost their homes due to the recent fires in Tennessee.


Hank Williams Jr.Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLeanRonnie DunnJamey Johnson, and Lauren Alaina have been added to the list of performers for the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund scheduled for tonight. All proceeds will go to the My People Fund. Celebrities will also be answering phones and taking pledges.

“Every day I’m touched even more by the number of people who are joining us to help raise money for the people of the Smoky Mountains,” Parton said Sunday. “It is a special place and I’m honored that these people care so much about what we’re doing through the My People Fund to help those who have lost everything due to the wildfires.”

The benefit airs tonight from 8–11 p.m. on Great American Country, as well as live on, the WBIR Facebook page, and various local news channels.


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Taylor Swift, combined with the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives, has already donated $200,000 to the cause. “The Academy and ACM Lifting Lives are honored to contribute in a meaningful way to Dolly’s heroic efforts to help the people of her hometown – and when Taylor heard what we were planning, she offered to match our gift, which gives it that much more impact,” said Executive VP and Managing Director for the Academy Tiffany Moon. “We are so grateful to Taylor for her support to the Academy’s charitable efforts through the years, and for helping us and Dolly Parton assist families in need at a time of crisis.”

Anyone can donate by visiting the Dollywood Foundation webpage, or via mail to:

My People Fund
c/o Dollywood Foundation
111 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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