More than a dozen people lost their lives in the recent East Tennessee wildfires. The blaze consumed parts of towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Now, Dolly Parton is doing something about it.
Parton just announced a telethon to raise funds for families displaced by the fires. The event takes place Dec. 13 in Nashville. "I know there are a lot of great events being planned to help the people of East Tennessee," Parton said. "However, I am planning a telethon to support the 'My People Fund' where 100% of the money will help those who lost their homes in the wildfire."
Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry and more are scheduled to perform. Additional artists are expected to be added in the coming days.
Dolly Parton launched the "My People Fund" only a few days ago. She pledged a monthly donation to families who lost their homes in Sevier County.
The country icon grew up in the area. Since achieving global fame, Parton helped the area thrive by introducing her Dollywood theme park and creating several charities to benefit residents from East Tennessee and beyond.
The wildfires started in November and picked up in intensity after a windy weekend later in the month. Thousands of people evacuated the area, but many more couldn't. Tragically, Sevier County officials admitted a mobile evacuation alert never made its way to residents.