We recently reported that Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon was projected to raise “millions” after a star-studded Tuesday night event. Today, MusicRow Magazine announced that nearly $9 million has been donated so far, with major contributions by Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley.
Parton explained her feelings about the tremendous support her event received in a statement:
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have donated from all over the country and to my friends who donated their time, their talent, and money for My People. The response has been so overwhelming that we haven’t been able to count all of the donations yet; right now, in total, we have raised about $9 million dollars for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.
The fund is expected to increase in the days to come, as the telethon will be broadcast in new areas.
Congratulations and a sincere “thank you” to all who have been involved. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the devastating wildfires.