Dolly Parton managed to mix community stewardship and a healthy dose of humor as she contributed $250,000 to Nashville’s flood-relief efforts on Wednesday.
Dolly collected the money from admissions at Dollywood and her Dixie Stampede along with funds that were donated by fans through her website, The Tennessean reported. Wednesday’s check was given to the United Way’s Restore The Dream Fund to help residents of Middle Tennessee dig out from the horrific flood that deluged Music City a month ago.
Water submerged the first floor of Kenny Chesney’s house and rose into the second story. The Grand Ole Opry House was damaged and will remain closed until the fall. And many stars — including Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Toby Keith — lost large collections of instruments and equipment to the flood. The Wildhorse Saloon, located just a block from the Cumberland River, reopens Friday after a month of repairs. And the CMA Music Festival will hold some of its events June 10-13 at LP Field and Riverfront Park, two facilities that were flooded when the river swelled in early May.
As she presented the check, Dolly acknowledged the many Tennesseans who are still struggling with the loss of property. But she also used the proceedings to poke fun at Mayor Karl Dean, who shares the same name as her reclusive husband, Carl Dean.
“Everybody’s been calling from all over the United States saying what a wonderful job my husband has been doing,” Dolly giggled, according to The Tennessean.
Of course, it’s Karl — not Carl — who’s in the hot spot as Nashville continues to rebuild after the flood. The politician is very aware of his place in the pecking order.
“I don’t get to be Ms. Parton’s husband, only the mayor of Nashville,” he joked. “I’ll work harder in the next life.”
Flood-relief donations can still be made through GAC’s Music City Keep On Playin’ here.