Smoky Mountains Rise: 3-hour telethon will raise funds for wildfire victims

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You can watch the telethon live on Tuesday by tuning into News 2 on air and online.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A three-hour, nationally and locally-televised telethon is being held next week to benefit the victims of the Sevier County wildfire.

Dolly Parton, who organized the event, will perform along with Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, and Alison Krauss to help raise money for Parton’s My People Fund.

The telethon, officially titled Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, will air at 7 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Dec. 13 both on News 2 and Great American Country.

Dolly Parton
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It 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 not yet announced.

Other celebrities joining Smoky Mountains Rise will be announced in the coming days.

The My People Fund is giving people who lost everything in the fire $1,000 per month to help get their families back on their feet after Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were ravaged by fire last week.

Any family who lost their primary residence, renters and homeowners alike, will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at

Click here for continuing coverage of the Sevier County wildfire.