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Dolly Parton arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Dolly Parton's telethon raised money for Tennessee wildfire victims


More than 20 country music stars jumped on board to help raise money for Tennessee wildfire victims as part of “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund.”

Parton's telethon, which aired live from Nashville at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, featured performances from Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Cyndi Lauper and more. 

Parton, who's from Sevier County, Tennessee, where at least 13 people were killed and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged in last month's wildfires. 

The country music star previously pledged to donate $1,000 per month for six months to families who lost their homes. 

"It doesn't sound like a lot of money but we're talking about thousands of people, hundreds and hundreds of people," Parton said Tuesday. 

"If we could give $1,000 a month for six months, that would give people a chance. And if we raise more money than we hope to, then we'll just do more."

Parton has already raked in large donations from Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. 

For more information about how to donate, click here

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