What Is It: Smoky Mountains Rise is a three-hour telethon broadcast to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to benefit those affected by the Sevier County, Tennessee, wildfires.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m–11 p.m. EST.
Who’s Performing: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Chris Young, Amy Grant and Cyndi Lauper.
Who Else Is Involved: A number of celebrities will answer phones during the telethon, including Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, RaeLynn, Dailey & Vincent, Moonshiners’ Mark & Digger, T.G. Sheppard, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, comedian Henry Cho, Tim Rushlow and more.
Where to Watch on TV: Smoky Mountains Rise will be broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network.
Live Stream: USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sites: Tennessean.com, Knoxnews.com and others. Or just click on the embedded Livestream video player above.
How to Listen: Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights Live and TuneIn’s Country Roads channel.
Number to Call to Donate: During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.
Donate Via the Web: Dollywoodfoundation.org
Fact: Through the fund, Dolly pledged to provide $1,000 a month for six months to families who lost their primary residences in the fire. For Dolly to fulfill her promise to give $1,000 a month, the fund will have to pay out more than $6.5 million.