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Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise” Telethon Details Announced

We are so thankful for Dolly Parton and what she’s doing to help take care of her Smoky Mountain hometown.

She has released details of her upcoming 3-hour telethon to benefit the people of Gatlinburg and Sevier County. Her telethon, “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” is set for Tuesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. on Great American Country.

Who will perform at the telethon?Country music singer with guitar

Dolly Parton will be performing, of course! But, in addition to her, she’s added a few big names to her lineup, with more being announced in the coming days. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Dolly Parton
  • Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Reba McEntire
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Alison Krauss
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Chris Young
  • Big & Rich
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Amy Grant
  • Chris Janson
  • Alabama
  • Don McLean
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Ronnie Dunn
  • Jamey Jonson
  • Lauren Alaina

The official announcement states, “The Smoky Mountains Rise event will be simulcast across multiple radio platforms — including iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel and several other platforms, which will be announced shortly.”

During the telethon event, you can donate to the My People Fund by calling 1-866-CARE-MORE.

Celebrity Supports of the My People Fund

There have been many donations to the My People Fund, but here’s some of the largest celebrity supporters since the telethon announcement:

  • Taylor Swift, $100,000
  • Academy of County Music, $100,000
  • Kenny Chesney & the Country Music Association, $500,000

About the My People Fund

Dolly Parton started the My People Fund to assist the Gatlinburg and Sevier County families, donating $1000 per month for up to 6 months to families whose homes were destroyed by the recent wildfires. This fund is set up to help these families get back on their feet.

Pray for the Smoky MountainsOver $1 million has already been raised for the fund, but the President of the Dollywood Foundation said he believes more donations will be required to fully meet the need of families in the area.

Anyone can donate to the My People Fund through the Dollywood Foundation website: https://dollywoodfoundation.org/. Donations are currently being accepted and will continue being accepted throughout and even after the telethon event.

How to Help the Smoky Mountain Area After the Wildfires

We’ve teamed up with the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville to put together the best information of where you can donate, how to donate and which items are the most needed. For the most accurate information for donations, please visit https://www.mountaintough.org/.

Start Planning Your Vacation

One of the best things you can do for our area is to come visit and support all of our area businesses. Gatlinburg will be opening on Friday, December 9 and we’re excited to have visitors back in our mountains.

Take a look at all of the best things to do in Gatlinburg during your vacation and make plans to come spend some time in the Smoky Mountains. We can’t wait to see you soon.


  • Avatar for Joe McBarron
    Joe McBarron

    It looks like a great lineup…too bad it is not being done LIVE from Gatlinburg!!! I think it would have greater visual impact and benefit the local businesses from the attendance.

    December 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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