Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Dec. 13 Smoky Moutains Rise Telethon


Great American Country to broadcast benefit for the My People Fund

iHeart Media, Cumulus’ NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn Country Roads & more partners join forces for radio simulcast

Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Set To Perform

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 7, 2016) – 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).

The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money
for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The
Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last
week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County,
Tennessee. 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. Additionally, other celebrities joining Smoky Mountains Rise
include will be announced in the coming days.

“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 $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

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.


Smoky Mountains Rise is a three-hour telethon broadcast nationally on
Great American Country on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to raise money for the
Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to benefit those affected by the
Sevier County, Tennessee wildfires. Smoky Mountains Rise is executive
produced by Dolly Parton, Danny Nozell, Kirt Webster, Pete Owens and
Scott Durand. Produced by Edie Hoback, Jeremy Westby, Shanna Strassberg,
Nic Dugger and Shantel Klinger.

Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all
time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum
awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a
record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a
record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the
past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections,
paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame
career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records.

She has garnered seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association
Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music
Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music
Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.

In 1999 Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of
Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became a
member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 2001. Broadcast Music honored Parton with their Icon Award in 2003,
and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living
Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the
United States. This was followed in 2005 with the National Medal of
Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in
the arts.

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