'Millions' raised for Dolly Parton's 'My People Fund'
NASHVILLE (WBIR) - A star-studded lineup of celebrities and music stars, brought together by Dolly Parton, helped raised millions of dollars Tuesday night to support the victims of the Sevier County wildfires.
The 'Smoky Mountains Rise' telethon led to such a huge response that phone lines were overwhelmed and organizers had to add another two lines for people to call in on.
How much the evening raised remains a mystery, as of late Tuesday night.
Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Dolly for the reveal of the donation total, but then she explained that they're going going to wait to give that out because the telethon would be airing on the West Coast and phone lines would stay open until 3 a.m.
Dolly did reveal that 'millions' had been raised.
The check presentations featured throughout the broadcast totaled $2.1 million.
East Tennessee's favorite daughter kicked off the emotional evening with her first of several performances, singing "My Tennessee Home."
More than a dozen performances filled the three-hour show including Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, and many others.
But the theme of the evening, supporting wildfire victims, played an integral part throughout.