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Celebrities Dig Deep For Tennessee Wildfire Victims

Some of country music's biggest celebrities have pledged huge sums to families affected by the Tennessee wildfires.

At a telethon on Tuesday called Smoky Mountain Rise, Dolly Parton will be joined by 22 other musicians including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, and Alison Krauss as they raise money for families who lost their homes and loved ones.

"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 about the upcoming fundraiser.

"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."

Money raised by the telethon will go to the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, set up by Parton last week to directly help families affected by the fire.

Parton, who was born in Tennessee, says the fund will donate $1,000 every month for the next six months to families affected by the fires.


Another Tennessee native, Kenny Chesney, has pledged $250,000, matching the Country Music Association's donation.

"Growing up in East Tennessee, the only thing greater than the beauty of the region is the heart of the people who live there," Chesney said in a press release. "It is devastating to think of what's been lost in terms of the fire, but overwhelming for the families facing rebuilding their lives – in many cases – from scratch."


Taylor Swift has also made headlines after matching the Academy of Country Music's $100,000 donation, for a combined total of $200,000. Swift was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Nashville at age 14, and still owns homes in Tennessee.

More than 2,400 structures were destroyed during the wildfires, which ravaged more than 17,000 acres and have killed 14 people so far.

For families whose lives were changed forever by this disaster, the generosity of these celebrities, and people around the country, must be heartwarming.

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