In just two weeks, on Thursday, August 16th, is the 18th annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon. The event will be broadcast on WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville, TN and WLOS-TV Channel 13 in Asheville, NC from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The broadcast will highlight projects and programs that Friends of the Smokies has funded over the years. It's a fun event that raises awareness of both the Park's needs (as the only major national park without an entrance fee) and the ways that Friends of the Smokies helps to fulfill some of those needs every year. The telethon raises roughly $200,000 each year.
Volunteers will be on hand to help answer phones and keep running totals of the money raised throughout the evening.
This year the Friends group has introduced social media into the event for the first time. This year will become the 1st Annual Click-A-Thon for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Friends of the Smokies has made it easy for you to create your own fundraising page using a customizable template. This is a great way of getting your family and friends involved in helping to raise funds for the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information on the Click-A-Thon, please click here.
You can also make a donation right now by clicking here.
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