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Dolly Parton planned a telethon to help Tennessee wildfire victims

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Country music star Dolly Parton has planned a telethon to help Tennessee wildfire victims, according to ABC News

Parton's representative confirmed to Nashville news channel WKRN that the event will take place in Nashville on Dec. 13. The representative added that 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit victims. 

Thursday Parton announced that she will donate $1,000 per month to families who lost their homes in Tennessee’s Sevier County. She set up a My People Fund for those donations. 

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is someplace special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I've asked my Dollywood Companies -- including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation -- to help me establish the My People Fund."

Parton has been in Los Angeles filming "The Voice," but is keeping an eye on what's happening back home. 

The singer's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge was barely spared by the wildfires.  

Dollywood noted that resort staff evacuated families from 50 rooms at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and families in 19 cabins at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins last Monday night.


But crews were able to prevent the fires from destroying the park. 

"We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help get them back on their feet," Parton said while announcing the fund to help victims.

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