Dolly Parton Dec. 13 telethon for Gatlinburg: Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Kenny Rogers, more


Dolly Parton’s Dec. 13 telethon to benefit Gatlinburg will feature Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Kenny Rogers and many more artists. The show is dubbed Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, and will also feature Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LoCash, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry.

The telethon will air live at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 on the Great American Country cable TV channel (GAC). The telethon will also be simulcast via NASH Nights Live, a handful of iHeart Media digital and terrestrial stations, and TuneIn’s Country Roads channel, with more broadcast partners to come, according to news reports.

A live music concert, Mountain Tough, will also be held Dec. 17. The Zac Brown Band, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Rodney Crowell and many more will play the day-long, free benefit.

Proceeds from Parton’s telethon will benefit her My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to families who lost their homes in the Sevier County fire. Parton grew up in Sevier County.

The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans can also donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website.