If you’ve visited Pigeon Forge, chances are the city, it’s beautiful scenery and friendly folks have made a difference in your life. Now, people from all walks of life have a chance to make a difference in the lives of those who call the region home.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is the region’s largest hunger-relief charity, and the group works hard to help local folks. Though they live in some of the nation’s most beautiful terrain, 1 out of every 6 people in East Tennessee lives at or below poverty and 1 in 5 is at risk of going hungry. This adds up to 200,000 people at risk of hunger in the 18-county East Tennessee region.
Right now, Second Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations to help fund it’s Food for Kids program, which partners area schools to ensure at-risk students who eat at school during the week receive adequate nutrition over the weekend.
According to a news release from Second Harvest, there are currently 11,300 children who need to receive weekly bags of food at 240 different schools across the region served. Second Harvest has just 89 of the 240 schools currently linked with financial sponsors who cover the Food Bank’s food expense to supply children at that school. The average annual food cost to feed hungry kids at one school is $3,000; or only $60 per needy student.
Why is it important to help? Think about it: Tourism and service drive the Pigeon Forge economy. While these industries are part of what make East Tennessee such a magical place to visit, they also offer notoriously low wages for the people who work hard to make your Pigeon Forge vacation enjoyable.
The friendly waitress who serves your pancake house breakfast or keeps your mason jar of sweet tea full at your favorite restaurant might earn as little as $2.13 an hour before tips. She works hard with a smile on her face, but might face challenges when it comes to making ends meet at home.
If you’re interested in making a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, log on to secondharvestetn.org/index.php?page=food-for-kids. PigeonForge.com is a partial sponsor of Pi Beta Phi Elementry, but more help is needed to help the group reach their goals.
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Pigeon Forge is about to become even more magical! Country music superstand and our favorite hometown girl Dolly Parton today announced her plan to invest $300 million in her Pigeon Forge properties over the next 10 years.
According to a news release about the announcement, Dolly has always been a dreamer, and part of her plan stems from her dream to make Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains even more magical!
"This is where I nurtured my heart’s dreams, and I want to share more of them," she said in the release. "My plans for the next 10 years are to expand my Dollywood properties to offer families more opportunities to play together and grow closer while they make their best memories. It’s truly the culmination of this country girl’s wildest dreams!"
And, according to reports, Dolly's wildest dreams include a 300-room resort that will be located on 100 acres adjacent to her namesake parks and a dual-launch coaster currently under construction in Dollywood.
The new resort, called DreamMore Resort, will feature accomodations fit for the Queen of Country herself, inluding a 2,200 room dubbed Dolly's Suite Dreams. The rest of the resort will also feature a number of royal touches, including an indoor and outdoor pool complex, a spa and a full-service farmhouse-style restaurant that features a wraparound veranda with views of the pool and surrounding mountains.
An amphitheater is also planned, as well as outdoor areas recreation areas complete with fire pits, swings and hammocks for mountainside relaxation.
The Knoxville News Sentinel
reported that today's big announcement came close to a year after Parton ended plans for a Nashville water and snow park at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. More information about Dolly's plans will be available after a news conference slated for 11 a.m. EST this morning.
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