Nearly $9M already raised following Smoky Mountains Rise telethon

Dolly Parton performs with Kenny Rogers (Courtesy: Smoky Mountains Rise telethon)

PIGEON FORGE, TN (WJHL) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon Tuesday night benefiting the victims of the Sevier County wildfires has raised millions of dollars.

According to a news release issued Wednesday night, the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund has so far raised close to $9 million and is expected to increase as mail donations are counted, as well as rebroadcasts of the telethon over the next five days.

“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,” Parton said. “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.”

See also: Q&A with Dolly Parton: Why is it ‘personal’ for you to help all of the people affected by the wildfires?

The telethon, which aired on GAC, WJHL’s ABC Tri-Cities, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network on Tuesday, not only had big names in entertainment performing — such as 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 — but also several others who donated to the cause.

Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley were just a few who decided to donate to wildfire victims, along with many other from across the country.

To make a donation to the My People Fund, visit

The following is the address if you would like to mail your donation:

My People Fund

c/o Dollywood Foundation

111 Dollywood Lane

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Those wanting to give can also text DOLLY to 501501 for a onetime $10 donation or DOLLY25 to 501501 for a onetime $25 donation.

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