The devastating Gatlinburg fire has left residents homeless and some businesses destroyed in a tourist community in Tennessee. One of the businesses that luckily escaped destruction is Dolly Parton’s theme park, which is located in Pigeon Forge. Nonetheless, the music legend was left heartbroken, but not unwilling to lend a hand. With Dolly Parton net worth of $450 million, it’s no wonder that the iconic country singer has pledged to help families who were left homeless by the fire.
Parton, who owns the theme park, Dollywood, has announced that her foundation will give $1000 to every family who lost their home in the Smoky Mountain. She will be supporting the said families for up to six months while they recover.
“I have always believed that charity begins at home. That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies, and my Dollywood Foundation to help me establish the ‘My People Fund’,” the music legend said in a video posted across social media.
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Aside from earning millions from her singing career, Parton is also engaged in other activities. She is an actress, a philanthropist, an author, a multi-instrumentalist and a businesswoman.
Her theme park, Dollywood, sits on a 150-acre land on Pigeon Forge. The theme park has 19 cabins and 50 rooms on its DreamMore resort area. All of which were evacuated during the fire. Fortunately, none of its structures were reached by the ghastly calamity, and would be reopening this Friday.
Ripleys Aquarium was also saved from devastation, and all animals were reported safe. Unfortunately, some of the attractions succumbed to the fire. Mysterious Mansion, a haunted house in Gatlinburg was destroyed as well as the wood cabins at Black Bear Falls. Even the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was closed due to fallen trees in the park. The Castle, which is an iconic home in Gatlinburg, is almost gone as well as the Cupid’s Chapel of Love wedding venue.
The raging fire has resulted in 7 fatalities, and more are expected as reports say that there’s still a lot of people missing.
I have always believed that charity begins at home. As a result, the Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation are helping to establish the My People Fund to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the Smoky Mountain fires. To join these efforts please visit DollywoodFoundation.org #MyPeopleFund #SomePlaceSpecial
Posted by Dolly Parton on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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