The devastating wildfires have left the people of Tennessee in a state of terror and the recovery efforts are continuing in this location. Dish Network recently announced that all their customers would be able to access and watch Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, which will be airing on December 13 at 08:00 pm ET on Great American Country.
This event will be headlined by Sevier County native Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Kenny Rogers, and Reba McEntire. These performers will raise money for the affected families, whose homes have become uninhabitable or entirely destroyed due to the wildfire.
Dish Network is also planning to deliver free dishNET satellite broadband in order to help the relief efforts in Gatlinburg and on other affected areas in the Sevier County. The provider is operating with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) to offer connectivity at the Volunteer Reception Center and Forward Operations Base.
Dish executive vice president and a member of the Dish Cares executive steering committee, Warren Schlichting, said that, “Dolly Parton, Great American Country, and DISH care about Tennesseans whose lives have been impacted by the fires, and we are working to ensure they have the resources they need to rebuild. We are offering all DISH customers free access to the benefit concert with the hope that our subscribers will understand the magnitude of this disaster and contribute to the My People Fund. We are also proud to help power the volunteer relief efforts already underway through dishNET connectivity.”
Joe Hillis, operations director for ITDRC said, “At the Volunteer Reception Center alone, we are seeing anywhere from 700 to 1,100 volunteers per day who are providing crucial relief efforts, and DISH makes it possible for us to register and stay connected with all of these volunteers. We expect to be on the ground for several more weeks and we know DISH will be with us each step of the way as they have been in numerous other disaster relief efforts.”
Great American Country channel is available to the Dish Network subscribers with the America’s Everything Package, America’s Top 250 package, Smart Pack, or Flex Pack. This channel can be accessed on channel number 165 and it will be available to all Dish Network subscribers on December 13 during the airing of Smoky Mountains Rise.