Kenny Chesney and CMA are joining forces to aid families devastated by recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which were responsible for 14 deaths and more than 2,400 homes and business that were damaged or destroyed.
A native of East Tennessee, Kenny has been a vocal and ardent supporter of the ongoing relief effort.
“Growing up in East Tennessee, the only thing greater than the beauty of the region is the heart of the people who live there,” Kenny said in a press release. “It is devastating to think of what’s been lost in terms of the fire, but overwhelming for the families facing rebuilding their lives – in many cases – from scratch. I’m appreciative that CMA shares my hope that these families can feel our love at a time of such tragedy.”
“At CMA we feel such a strong connection to the residents of the area who have lost loved ones, as well as those that have lost personal property or income from businesses that are now closed,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Many of our artists and CMA members have close ties to the region, as well; and we are grateful to Kenny for his leadership and honored to support him in the recovery efforts in East Tennessee.”
Collectively, Kenny and CMA are contributing $500,000 for the cause. A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for Dolly Parton and her My People Fund, which provides $1,000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the wildfires.