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In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Dolly Parton poses in the press room with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Parton says she's heartbroken about wildfires that tore through the Tennessee county where she grew up, but spared the Dollywood theme park that bears her name. At least 14,000 people have been forced to evacuate the tourist area of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and a dozen people have been injured in the wildfires. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE — Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area.

Country star Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association announced Friday they are collectively donating $500,000 to the Dolly Parton Foundation My People Fund, which was created to provide $1,000 each month to families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.

Also, the Academy of Country Music announced that pop star Taylor Swift has joined the country music organization to collectively donate $200,000 to the My People Fund.

Parton is holding a telethon on Dec. 13 to raise more money for the fund.

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