Dolly Parton's Telethon Raised 'Millions' for Tennessee Wildfire Victims
Dolly Parton's mission to help the people affected by the deadly wildfires in her native state of Tennessee continues.
The beloved country singer on Tuesday night hosted Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, a charity telethon to raise money for the victims of the fires.
The three-hour televised event featured performances by a who's-who of country legends, including Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Amy Grant, Alabama, Aaron Lewis and Rhonda Vincent. Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood, who couldn't attend in person, offered video messages and personal donations.
Parton said the final amount raised will not be released until after the telethon re-airs on the West Coast, but did say it was in the millions of dollars, WDTN reports. Officials estimate that the fires caused roughly $500 million in damages.
The "9 to 5" singer founded the "My People Fund" in early December after wildfires tore through the Great Smoky Mountains, killing 14 people and destroying 2,400 homes and businesses. With it, Parton has pledged to donate $1,000 a month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.
"I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet," she in a video announcing the fund.
To contribute to the "My People Fund" please visit DollywoodFoundation.org.