Dolly Parton announces East Tennessee concert at fundraiser

Dolly Parton announces East Tennessee concert at fundraiser

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Parton announced she will play in East Tennessee next spring, as part of her world tour. Parton announced she will play in East Tennessee next spring, as part of her world tour.
"She really is one of the people here and they love her and support the things she says and the things she wants," Parton representative Ted Miller said. "She really is one of the people here and they love her and support the things she says and the things she wants," Parton representative Ted Miller said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Dolly Parton is known as much for her humanitarian efforts as her music, and on Saturday evening, fans got a bit of both.

During the 24th Annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser in Sevierville, Parton told fans she had big plans to help East Tennesseans.

The event raises money for the Dr. Robert Thomas Foundation. Thomas was the doctor that delivered Parton.

This year's festivities are in honor of breast cancer awareness.

"That's pay for women in Sevier County that do not have insurance and can't afford to have mammograms done,"  Linda Ogle of the Paint the Mountain Pink Campaign said.

A live auction was held Friday night, in past years, the highly sought out prize usually involved Parton.

Two year ago, Parton hosted a Backwoods BBQ party for the highest bidder. Last year a winner got to hang out with the country music legend at her Nashville apartment.

"We've always known exactly what Dolly was going to do," Debbie Dowling of the Thomas Foundation said.

But this year, there was even more suspense.

"We know it's going to be special, but we don't know what," Dowling said.

During a pre-recorded video speech, Parton told the nearly 500 people in attendance just what she would do for the foundation.

Parton announced she will play in East Tennessee next spring, as part of her world tour.

The last time she performed in the area was back in 2011 at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville for her "Better Day" world tour.

"She really is one of the people here and they love her and support the things she says and the things she wants," Parton representative Ted Miller said.

Many Sevier County residents are ecstatic by the announcement.

"Love to hear she's coming back for a concert here," Buddy Keys said.

Organizers say the concert could take place around Memorial Day of 2014.

The profits will be split between the Doctor Robert Thomas Foundation and Dolly's Imagination Library.

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