Chris Stapleton, Chris Young + More Announced for Dolly Parton Wildfires Telethon
The list of artists taking part in Dolly Parton's telethon to help those affected by the devastating wildfires in her native East Tennessee is growing.
The Tennessean reports that Chris Stapleton, Chris Young and Amy Grant are among the stars recently added to Parton’s benefit telethon, Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. They join previously announced acts including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, LoCash and Montgomery Gentry.
“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Parton says in a press release. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.”
Parton set up the My People Fund after devastating wildfires ravaged the area of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and surrounding Sevier County for multiple days. The fund provides $1,000 a month to local families who lost their homes as a way to help them survive as they recuperate from the horrific events.
Fourteen people lost their lives in the fires and thousands of structures have been damaged. Parton's own Dollywood was evacuated as flames approached “right on the doorstep” of the tourist attraction. Though several of its Smoky Mountains cabin rentals were damaged, the amusement park itself did not endure any destruction.
The telethon airs on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 8PM ET on networks including GAC, RFD, AXS TV and USA Today National Networks. Viewers can call 1-866-CARE-MORE to donate to the My People Fund.
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