Following the devastating floods that have wreaked havoc over Middle Tennessee in late August, country superstar Dolly Parton has decided to step up and offer aid through her Smoky Mountain businesses.
Inspired by her close friend and fellow country legend Loretta Lynn’s benefit concert earlier this month, Parton is teaming up with the charity United Way of Humphreys County by donating a portion of ticket sales from Oct. 2-3 at Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge properties: Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud.
Parton received help from her community during the 2016 wildfires, making the “9 to 5” singer believe it is more important than ever to extend a helping hand and support Humphreys County, which is also the home of her dear friend Lynn.
“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Parton said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”
Although various counties were hit by the storms, Humphreys County sadly experienced the greatest amount of damage with more than 20 lives taken by the 15 inches of rain that fell during the storm in late August. Lynn was deeply affected by the storm, as her ranch in Hurricane Mills was destroyed and her friend and foreman of the ranch was taken by the flood.
To donate to the United Way of Humphreys County, visit unitedwayhumphreys.org.