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Dolly Parton Telethon Raises $9M For Fire Victims

Posted at 7:36 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 08:36:00-05

Dolly Parton’s star-studded Smoky Mountains Rise telethon has raised millions of dollars for wildfire victims in East Tennessee.

Tuesday's fundraiser brought in nearly $9 million – that total is expected to go up as donations come in through the mail. 

“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, their talent, and money for My People,” Parton said.

The telethon, which featured artists like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley, was broadcast on multiple networks, including NewsChannel 5 Plus. 

More than 1,000 families have been displaced after deadly wildfires swept through Sevier County.

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

You can also send donations via mail: 

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).