NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dolly Parton says a star-studded telethon for those affected by recent wildfires in her native Tennessee has brought in about $9 million.READ MORE: UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Cause Of Military Plane Crash Into Texas Neighborhood
Parton headlined the Tuesday night event that was broadcast on several cable networks and livestreamed online. Parton says in a statement that all donations have yet to be counted, but the total stands at around $9 million. The total is expected to rise in the coming days as mail donations are counted and the telethon is rebroadcast.READ MORE: Redistricting, Transgender Athletes & COVID Mandates On Agenda Of Texas' 3rd Special Session
The money goes to the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund. It will provide $1,000 each month for six months to families who lost their primary residence in the fires.
The fires in Tennessee’s Sevier County spread to more than 2,500 structures and killed 14 people.MORE NEWS: Homeland Security Chief At Texas-Mexico Border As Thousands Of Migrants Crowd In Makeshift Camp
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