Dolly Parton telethon raises nearly $9 million for Tennessee wildfire victims

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Officials announced Wednesday that Dolly Parton’s telethon raised nearly $9 million for those impacted by the Tennessee wildfires.

The three-hour telethon, titled “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund,” featured several big-name country stars, including Parton.

The telethon sought to raise money for the “My People Fund,” which was created to help people in Sevier County, Tenn., where she was born, WHNS reports.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have donated from all over the country and to my friends who donated their time, talent and money for My People,” Parton said.

“The response has been so overwhelming that we haven’t been able to count all of the donations yet; right now, in total, we have raised about $9 million for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.”

Artists who donated their performances to the effort included Parton, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Amy Grant, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Chris Janson, Alabama, Big & Rich, LOCASH, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson.

Parton announced Nov. 30 that she would start the “My People Fund,” as well as give $1,000 each month for six months to affected families.

Donations can be made to the Dollywood Foundation’s relief fund.

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