Friends Across the Mountains telethon raises $201,423

9:34 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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Thursday evening, WBIR viewers helped raise more than $200,000 to help maintain the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The 19th annual Friends Across the Mountains telethon to benefit friends of the Smokies raised $201,423, and surpassed last year's total. The money raised will help keep the park open to visitors free of cost.

The annual telethon has raised nearly $40 million total for the park since 1993.

If you'd like a reminder of just how beautiful the park is, you can check out our album of viewer-submitted photos or submit your own at

You can also still donate at

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