Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Dollywood Foundation administered the final distribution of check on May 4 to the families affected by Smoky Mountain wildfires disaster.
The Foundation pledges at least $3 million from My People Fund to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team. Dollywood Foundation officials were able to provide a $5,000 check to each family. The Dollywood Foundation established My People Fund after wildfires swept through the United States on November 28, 2016.
Smoky Mountain wildfires completely ravaged two East Tennessee resort towns, killing 14 people and left 150 injured. More than 2,400 properties destroyed; most of them were single-family residences.
Over the last five months, nearly 900 families whose primary residences were completely destroyed have received $10,000 as a hand-up to help start their rebuilding efforts following the fire.
The fund, were established by Dolly Parton, The Dollywood Company, Parton’s dinner theaters and The Dollywood Foundation, that is supported by contributions from across the country, as well as donations made through the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon which took place in early December.
“The My People Fund has been a great success,” said Parton. “I want to thank my team, the Dollywood Foundation, my friends in the music business and the thousands of people from all over the country who opened both their pocketbooks and their hearts to help us.”
Anyone who wants to help the Mountain Tough Recovery Team with their efforts can visit www.mountaintough.org
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