DISH Supports Tennessee Wildfire Relief with Free Access to Benefit Concert, Continued dishNET Service to Aid Volunteer Efforts

  • DISH offers access to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A
    Benefit for the My People Fund to all customers, regardless of
    subscription package
  • Benefit concert headlined by Parton and other country music stars
    will air 12/13 at 8:00 pm ET on Great American Country
  • Concert comes as DISH continues to deliver free dishNET satellite
    broadband to aid relief efforts in Gatlinburg and Sevier County

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As recovery efforts continue following the devastating wildfires in
Tennessee, DISH announced that all customers will have access to watch Smoky
Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund
airing December 13
at 8:00 pm ET on Great American Country. The event, headlined by Sevier
County native Dolly Parton, as well as country music headliners Reba
McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, will raise money for families
whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the fires.

The benefit concert comes as DISH continues to deliver free dishNET
satellite broadband to aid in relief efforts in Gatlinburg and other
impacted areas in Sevier County. Through its DISH Cares program, the
company is working with the Information Technology Disaster Resource
Center (ITDRC) to deliver connectivity at the Forward Operations Base
and Volunteer Reception Center, two key hubs of volunteer organization
and mobilization.

“Dolly Parton, Great American Country and DISH care about Tennesseans
whose lives have been impacted by the fires, and we are working to
ensure they have the resources they need to rebuild,” said Warren
Schlichting, DISH executive vice president and a member of the DISH
Cares executive steering committee. “We are offering all DISH customers
free access to the benefit concert with the hope that our subscribers
will understand the magnitude of this disaster and contribute to the My
People Fund. We are also proud to help power the volunteer relief
efforts already underway through dishNET connectivity.”

“At the Volunteer Reception Center alone, we are seeing anywhere from
700 to 1,100 volunteers per day who are providing crucial relief
efforts, and DISH makes it possible for us to register and stay
connected with all of these volunteers,” said Joe Hillis, operations
director for ITDRC. “We expect to be on the ground for several more
weeks and we know DISH will be with us each step of the way as they have
been in numerous other disaster relief efforts.”

Great American Country is currently available to DISH subscribers with
the America’s Top 250 package, America’s “Everything” Package, Flex Pack
or Smart Pack. On December 13, all DISH subscribers will be able to
access the channel as it airs Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the
My People Fund
. Great American Country can be found on DISH channel

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The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Inc is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit comprised of volunteer IT professionals from across the
United States who provide technology continuity and recovery assistance
to communities affected by disaster. Services are provided at no cost as
a public service of the technology community. Founded in 2008, ITDRC is
headquartered in Dallas, Texas. To volunteer, sponsor, or learn more,


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