'Smoky Mountains Rise' Telethon Adds More Star Power
Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson and Lauren Alaina have been added to the list of performers at the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon airing live from Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
The event will raise money for Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to those who lost their homes in the wildfires that have devastated Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas in the Smoky Mountains. The fires have claimed the lives of 14 people, injured nearly 150 others and destroyed more than 2,400 properties.
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund airs at 8 p.m. ET on GAC, AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network.
As previously announced, other performers joining Parton at the telethon include Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.
USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will host a live stream of the event on its affiliate newspaper websites. iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights Live and TuneIn’s Country Roads channel will also simulcast the show.
Fans can donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website. The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.