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From Hollywood To Dollywood – 2016 In Review

Published December 22, 2016 / Last Updated December 22, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Hollywood Hills and back again with Dolly Parton in 2016!

Featured photo courtesy of Joseph Llanes

Dolly Parton once dreamed of turning the famous sign on the California hill from Hollywood to Dollywood. Later, when she opened her theme park in Tennessee, Dolly would see that dream come true. This year, during two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl the iconic sign might have read Hollywood, but in the hearts of her adoring fans, it read Dollywood!

When Dolly performed in the Hollywood Hills, the stars came out and not just the ones shining overhead. Dolly’s audience included an impressive list of A-list stars including Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, Lance Bass, Reese Witherspoon and Henry Winkler to name a few. Dolly’s “9 to 5″ co-star Lily Tomlin was also there. Dolly, with her L.A. look and Tennessee heart, charmed this “who’s who” list along with everyone else in attendance. Dolly performed a Pure & Simple show with all her hit songs and heartfelt stories from her childhood growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Throughout 2016, Dolly celebrated one milestone after another both personally and professionally. During the last two months of the year, in one of the most inspirational and generous acts of 2016, Dolly would see the Great Smoky Mountains and it’s people hold a very special place in the hearts of so many around the world.

Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

Spring

Dolly began the year by celebrating her 70th birthday and in May she and her husband Carl renewed their wedding vows in honor of their 50th anniversary.

Summer

In June, she embarked on a mostly sold-out, 60-city tour. Her new album, “Pure & Simple” debuted at No. 1 on charts around the world. She also enjoyed great success with the revival of two of her hits from the 1970s. “I Will Always Love You” was featured in “Forever Country” a mashup of three Country mega hits celebrating the CMA Awards 50th anniversary. “Jolene” became a 21st century hit when the a cappella group Pentatonix covered the song and invited Dolly to add her vocals to the track. This brilliant collaboration would earn them a Grammy nomination.

Those accolades in and of themselves are impressive, but the success of 2016 doesn’t end there. Music fans were delighted when Dolly together with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt opened the vault to release a third and final installment of their “Trio” collaboration. “Trio The Complete Collection” has unreleased tracks and never-before-heard versions of the original recordings from this Grammy award-winning group.

Fall

Dolly received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Long-time friend and “9 to 5″ co-star, Lily Tomlin presented the honor. Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood joined Jennifer Nettles on stage in a beautiful tribute to Dolly. Jennifer Nettles reprised her role as Dolly’s mom in the sequel to the 2015 record-breaking television film, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The cast, including Jennifer, Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind and more walked the red carpet along with Dolly at the Hollywood-style premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” inside Dollywood.

The new film, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” aired on NBC on Nov. 30 in a special two-hour movie event. Dolly appeared as The Painted Lady. Over 11 million people watched the world premiere, and the DVD was released on Dec. 20 just in time for the holidays.

In addition to inspiring the films, Dolly’s “Coat of Many Colors” story is the subject of a new children’s book featuring all new illustrations. Part of Dolly’s life’s work has been to instill a love of reading in the hearts of as many children as she can. In October, her Imagination Library reached an incredible milestone when the non-profit organization began sending one million free books per month to children around the world. Dolly marked the occasion by giving a $30,000 college scholarship to two-year-old Evey Johns from Conway, AR.

Winter

The Imagination Library is made possible through the Dollywood Foundation, which Dolly founded in 1988 shortly after opening her theme park. On Nov. 28, 2016, devastating wildfires affected parts of Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains where Dolly calls home. The fires took the lives of 14 people, injured over 100, burned over 17,000 acres inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and damaged or destroyed over 1700 structures (homes, businesses, and churches). Dolly called on the Dollywood Foundation, the Dollywood Company, and her dinner attractions and within a few days after the fires together The My People Fund was established. The Fund committed to giving every family who lost their home in the fires $1000 per month for six months.

As the news about the My People Fund was shared, Dolly’s network of friends, fans and fellow entertainers offered their support. Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon was organized. Millions of people tuned in to see star performances by Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire, Cyndi Lauper and many more. In total, over $9 million was raised. After the first distribution, the My People Fund served nearly 900 families.

From her early days in Nashville to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in 2016, Dolly Parton has charmed the world with her contagious smile that’s, at times, bigger than her hair. This year, it was her generous heart that proved contagious. When Dolly’s “people” in the Smoky Mountains needed her she was there for them and she invited the rest of the world as well.

Month after month, both professionally and personally, in artistry and philanthropy Dolly’s dream of changing the H of the Hollywood sign to a D may have already come true. She has proven she holds Tinseltown and beyond in the palm of her tiny, acrylic nail adorned, hand.

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My People Fund Serves Nearly 900 Families

Published December 22, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017
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Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund served nearly 900 families in the first distribution as donation totals climb to $9.3 million including $250,000 from Food City.

In a little more than two weeks after the wildfires that spread across Dolly Parton’s home area of Sevier County, TN, Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation launched the distribution of assistance from the My People Fund. During the four-day check distribution, 884 families received their initial support payments. Dolly said,

“It’s a blessing during this holiday season that we are able to help as many families as we have so far. We know there are more families out there who need our help and we encourage them to be in contact with us before our January distribution.”

The next distribution is set for January 26 and 27, 2017, at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26: Last name A – L
  • Friday, Jan. 27: Last name M – Z

Food City Donation

Thanks to the generosity of Food City, their customers, associates and more, the company presented checks to the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund totaling $750,000. Steven C. Smith, Food City President/CEO said,

“Our company has been privileged to operate in the Sevier County/Gatlinburg area for more than thirty years and we certainly want to do everything possible to help our friends and neighbors recover from this devastating disaster.”

Food City designated $500,000 to benefit the Gatlinburg Relief Fund, while the remaining $250,000 was directed to the My People Fund.

About My People Fund

The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund provides $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County are eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at DollywoodFoundation.org.

Millions of people watched Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon on Tuesday, December 13 on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network and during several rebroadcasts throughout the last weekend. As a result, donations continued to roll in and thanks to generous people from coast to coast and Dolly’s friends, the total amount raised has climbed to $9.3 million. David Dotson, Dollywood Foundation President commented saying,

“As, Dolly said, the response has been overwhelming. We will distribute all $9.3 million to the families affected. That will insure all of the money raised will go to where Dolly promised it would.”

Team DollyMy People Fund Serves Nearly 900 Families

Star-Studded Telethon Helps Raise Nearly $9 Million, So Far

Published December 15, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Millions watched the star-studded Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon and nearly $9 million has been raised, so far!

The telethon, broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network Tuesday, received huge donations from music stars like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley but also from families across the country who just wanted to give the people of Dolly’s home area a hand up in the tragic wildfires.

 “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,”

Dolly Parton explained.

“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 dollars for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.”

The total amount raised is expected to rise as mail donations are counted and the telethon is rebroadcast to new audiences over the next five days.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org.

For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to:

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

Donations are also being accepted by texting DOLLY to 501501 for a onetime $10 donation or DOLLY25 to 501501 for a onetime $25 donation.  Messaging and data rates will apply.

More than 1300 families have been displaced due to the wildfires which spread across Parton’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee in late November. Dolly established the My People Fund to provide $1000 each month for six months to every family who lost their primary residence.

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

Dolly hosted the overall telethon with friends HLN’s Robin Meade, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Nan Kelly, The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, Crook & Chase hosts Lorriane Crook and Charlie Chase, Nash Night LIVE’s Shaun Parr and Elaina D. Smith, and TuneIn Country Roads’ Kelly Sutton will share hosting duties throughout the three-hour broadcast.

Celebrities also donated their time to answer phones including: Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, Chrisley Knows Best cast members Todd, Julie and Savannah, Moonshiners’ cast members Mark and Digger, Nashville’s Charles Esten, cast members of Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors, country hit-makers Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Mark Wills, Lee Greenwood, Larry and Rudy Gatlin, TG Sheppard, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Kristian Bush, Tim Rushlow, T. Graham Brown, Dolly’s nieces Rebecca Seaver and Danielle Parton, bluegrass hit makers Lorraine Jordan and Darrin Vincent, comedian Henry Cho, KC of KC & The Sunshine Band, hot new country artists Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbury, Lucas Hoge, Denny Strickland, songwriter Becky Hobbs, Jason Crabb and members of the Tennessee Titans.

Several other celebrities shared special video messages during the telethon including: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Today Show’s Willie Geist.

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at DollywoodFoundation.org.

Photo Credit Anna Webber

Dolly Parton ProductionsStar-Studded Telethon Helps Raise Nearly $9 Million, So Far

Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund

Published December 14, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton and a host of artists and celebrities took to the airwaves on Tuesday night during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund.

They had one goal in mind, to raise funds for the victims of the Tennessee wildfires. The three-hour star-studded event was packed with beautiful performances, emotional stories and a collective message of hope.

Viewers pledged their support by calling, texting and going online to DollywoodFoundation.org.

The night’s performances included songs by Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, LOCASH, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Amy Grant, Alabama, Aaron Lewis and Rhonda Vincent.

The heroic efforts of the first responders were celebrated during the live telecast. Also, viewers were reminded of Sevier County’s world-famous hospitality and renowned entertainment venues ready and waiting for them in East Tennessee. Dolly encouraged people to visit Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam made a special appearance, and several celebrities greeted viewers in heartfelt video messages including Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Today Show’s Willie Geist.

Dolly shared her hosting duties with friends HLN’s Robin Meade, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Nan Kelly, The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, Crook & Chase hosts Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase, NASH Nights LIVE’s Shaun Parr and Elaina D. Smith, and TuneIn Country Roads’ Kelly Sutton.

Celebrities donating their time to answer phones included: Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, Chrisley Knows Best cast members Todd, Julie and Savannah, Moonshiners’ cast members Mark and Digger, Nashville’s Charles Esten, cast members of Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors, country hit-makers Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Terri Clark, Mark Wills, Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, T.G. Sheppard, Highway 101’s Paulette Carlson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Kristian Bush, Tim Rushlow, T. Graham Brown, Dolly’s nieces Rebecca Seaver and Danielle Parton, bluegrass hitmakers Lorraine Jordan and Darrin Vincent, comedian Henry Cho, KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, hot new country artists Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbury, Lucas Hoge, Denny Strickland, songwriter Becky Hobbs, and members of the Tennessee Titans.

Nearly $500,000 of donations were committed before the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon began. The ACM donated $100,000 to the fund, with Taylor Swift matching the amount, while the CMA donated $125,000 accompanied by a matching donation by East Tennessean Kenny Chesney.

About My People Fund

More than 1300 families have been displaced due to the wildfires which spread across Dolly’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee in late November. The entertainment icon established the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund to provide $1000 each month for six months to every family who lost their primary residence. Currently, the monthly pledge is in excess of $1.3 million each month.

Donate Online At DollywoodFoundation.org

About Tennessee Wildfires

On Nov. 28, devastating wildfires burned some 17,000 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fires also affected parts of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, TN. Sadly, 14 people lost their lives in these terrible fires, and over 100 confirmed injuries were reported. Over 14,000 people were evacuated during the fires which damaged or destroyed more than 1,700 structures (homes, businesses and churches). In Gatlinburg alone, officials estimate the wildfires caused more than $500 million in damage.

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Dolly Parton Telethon To Benefit Tennessee Wildfire Survivors

Published December 8, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017
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Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Dolly Parton and more will perform during the Dec. 13 Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon.

Update December 11, 2016: The impressive lineup of performers continues to grow for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST). Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson and Lauren Alaina have been added to the star-studded telecast, which will be broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network.

A number of celebrities will answer phones during the telethon. Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, RaeLynn, Dailey & Vincent, Moonshiners’ Mark & Digger, T.G. Sheppard, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, comedian Henry Cho, Tim Rushlow and more will help man the phone lines during the telethon. All of the celebrities are donating their time and performances to help the effort.

Smoky Mountains Rise Viewing Opportunities

All artists are donating their performances to help the effort. Dolly said,

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires. 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.”

DOLLY PARTON
REBA
KENNY ROGERS
CHRIS STAPLETON
CHRIS YOUNG
BIG AND RICH
CHRIS JANSON
LOCASH

Update Dec. 9, 2016: Several famous names have been added to the growing list of celebrities set to perform during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST). Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are just a few of the new names added to perform during the event, which also has added three new broadcast partners.

Dolly Parton and a number of her friends, including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, are set to perform during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST) on Great American Country (GAC). All proceeds (100%) from the telethon will benefit those displaced by the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Dolly said,

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special. Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

All money raised by the telethon will be distributed to families in need through the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund. This fund will provide $1000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County residents whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. The fund raised more than $1 million in its first 36 hours, but the need is much greater. During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE or 800-942-9026 to donate to the My People Fund.

Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, 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 are set to be announced shortly. Other celebrities joining Smoky Mountains Rise will be announced in the coming days.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit DollywoodFoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to:

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

About My People Fund

Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County are eligible to receive assistance from the My People Fund. A pre-application for those affected is available at DollywoodFoundation.org. Completion of the pre-application is not required but is encouraged to expedite the distribution process.

The first funds will be distributed Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 19-20 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the CARE MORE Assistance Center at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. One check per household per month will be issued. All recipients must show a photo I.D. Families can receive aid for up to six months. Anyone needing assistance in the application process should call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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