Dolly Parton's Telethon Raises Over $9 Million For Fire Victims

12/16/2016
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(Radio.com) Dolly Parton asked her country superstar friends to support her Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund and they stepped up big time.

The benefit has raised nearly $9 million so far, reports The Tennessean. This number is expected to rise, as the telethon will be broadcast multiple times in the coming days.

The program aired Tuesday and featured more than 20 live and taped performances from country stars such as Parton, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young, Chris Stapleton and Reba McEntire and performers outside the genre, including Cyndi Lauper and Don McLean.

Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Paul Simon, Dierks Bentley, Stapleton and Young made significant donations to the My People Fund, as did the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives and the Country Music Association. Read more here.

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