UPDATE Friday Noon
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney has teamed up with the Country Music Association to donate $500,000 to wildfire relief efforts in Sevier County.
A portion of that major donation will be earmarked for Dolly Parton's 'My People Fund,' according to our partners at The Tennessean.
It was also announced Friday morning that Taylor Swift, the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives have combined for a $200,000 pledge for the telethon.
Earlier this week, Chesney said he realized that "everybody over there is hurting" in East Tennessee after wildfires tore through the town last week.
"I just want to say to everybody in East Tennessee and to everybody back where I come from in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, that I am thinking about you," Chesney said in a video message posted on his Facebook page Monday afternoon.
"I just want you to know that you’re in my thoughts and my prayers and along with a lot of other peoples’ help, we’re going to do everything we can to try to make this better. I love you guys,” he added.
Chesney asked everyone to help out if they can and linked to the Dollywood Foundation.
Dolly Parton set up the "My People Fund" through the foundation and plans to give $1,000 per month to renters or homeowners who lost their primary residence in the wildfire.
Dolly is organizing a telethon on Dec. 13 to raise donations for the fund.