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Smokies telethon canceled, donations still needed

Due to the pandemic, Friends of the Smokies has had to cancel its annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon, which it typically holds at the end of August to raise money for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

However, the need is not canceled. Friends of the Smokies must raise $75,000 for a new fully equipped search and rescue vehicle as well as additional funds to support other critical park needs.

Telethon partners WBIR and WLOS are creating a revised Donor Drive to take the place of the typical telethon format, and that drive will take place later this year. Dates and information will be announced later at www.friendsacrossthemountains.org. The site also contains a donation portal.