Parton Establishes Fund To Help Gatlinburg Fire Victims


SIEVER COUNTY, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Country music legend and theme park entrepreneur Dolly Parton announced that she's launching a fund to assist people affected by the deadly fire that swept through the Gatlinburg region on Monday, leaving at least seven dead.

The My People's Fund will seek to provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.

"I have always believed that charity begins at home. 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 said in statement posted on her Foundation's website.

Siever county, the location of both Gatlinburg and the Dollywood Theme Park is Parton's home turf, with the singer's home town Locust Ridge just a few miles away. – Staff Writers

For more information about the fund, or to donate, click here.