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Dolly Parton telethon raises $9M for wildfire victims

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Dolly Parton talks with Kenny Alphin, center, and John Rich, right, of the country music duo Big & Rich, during tapings for Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Rise Telethon. AP photo Dolly Parton talks with Kenny Alphin, center, and John Rich, right, of the country music duo Big & Rich, during tapings for Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Rise Telethon. AP photo

(WBIR) - About $9 million has been raised so far through the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon to benefit the Dollywood Foundation's "My People Fund."

The Dollywood Foundation said the grand total is expected to rise as mail donations are counted and the telethon is rebroadcast to new audiences over the next five days. 

“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, talent and money for My People,” Dolly Parton said in a statement Wednesday. “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.” 

People can still make tax-deductible donations to the My People Fund at dollywoodfoundation.org Mail donations can ben sent to:

My People Fund

c/o Dollywood Foundation

111 Dollywood Lane

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

You can also text "DOLLY" to 501501 to make a $10 contribution, or text "DOLLY25" to 501501 to make a $25 donation. 

Read more at WBIR's website.

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