The Friends Across the Mountains Telethon runs from 7-8 p.,m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, Knoxville’s WBIR-TV Channel 10 and Asheville’s WLOS-TV Channel 13.
“This broadcast provides a great chance to learn more about this tremendous national resource that’s right in our own backyard,” said Jim Hart, president of Friends of the Smokies. “We are very thankful for the generous financial support that viewers provide each year to help the park.”
Friends of the Smokies will contribute more than $1 million this year to fund current park needs, including the ongoing battle to suppress the hemlock woolly adelgid across the Smokies, conservation of black bears in the backcountry, and management of the elk herd in Cataloochee. Friends will provide more than $275,000 for curriculum enhancement for the Parks as Classrooms environmental education program that serves more than 12,000 students in schools bordering the park.
Telethon donations can be made online now at www.friendsofthesmokies.org. During the broadcast, volunteers will take phone-in pledges at 877.687.MTNS (6867).