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Thursday night, East Tennesseans got the chance to give back to a place where they love to camp, hike, and enjoy nature.

WBIR aired its annual Friends Across the Smokies telethon which raises money for Friends of the Smokies. Thanks to the generous donations from East Tennesseans, the fundraiser brought in more than $200,000 for the group.

Friends of the Smokies is dedicated to raising money and awareness to preserve and protect the park.

Thanks again to everyone who donated. If you would still like to help, you can do so at http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/aboutus.html.

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