More celebrities added to Dolly Parton telethon benefiting wildfire victims

Growing list of celebrities join Dolly Parton in a telethon benefiting Sevier County wildfire victims. (Cropped Photo: Curtis Hilbun / Wikipedia / CC BY 3.0 /MGN Online)

The number of celebrities joining Dolly Parton in a telethon benefiting people affected by East Tennessee wildfires is growing.

Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are the latest to join the fundraiser. Others already set to join Dolly include Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.

"Smoky Mountain Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund" kicks off at 7/8 p.m. CST/EST on Dec. 13.

FOX 17 Nashville will livestream the entire three-hour event. Click here to watch.

The Dollywood Foundation is donating $1,000 a month for six months to families who lost everything in the fires.

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Parton said. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund."

As of Thursday, officials said more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed due to the blaze in Sevier County and Gatlinburg.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg are set to reopen at 7 a.m. Friday.

Click here to donate to the My People Fund.

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