Dolly Parton holding 'Smoky Mountains Rise' telethon for Tennessee wildfire victims

Posted at 9:51 AM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 01:35:02-05

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton and a number of her friends, including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, are set to perform Tuesday in a telethon to raise money for Tennessee wildfire victims.

The telethon, "Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund," will air live Tuesday at 8 p.m. You can watch it on WCPO 9.2, Cincinnati Bell Fioptics on channel 271 and Time Warner Cable on channel 995.

You can also watch the telethon live starting at 8 p.m. in the video player below:

The nationally broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, in the wake of last week’s wildfires. Parton is from Sevier County, Tennessee.

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “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.”

The My People Fund will provide $1,000 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

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

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

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.