For the sixth year in a row, Bandit Lites is once again helping Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library with its annual Benefit Concert. The Dollywood Foundation was started in 1988 by Dolly Parton to develop and administer educational programs for children in her native Sevier County, TN. The Imagination Library is a program that ensures all area children receive a book per month from the time they are born until they are five. Although the program was originally started for Sevier County, it now operates in 260 communities in 35 states. The program also funds educational scholarships.
Bandit Lites is providing a number of Martin fixtures for the benefit concert which is the primary fundraiser for the foundation. Lighting designer Chris Barbee says the show is a labor of love. “It’s always nice to do something to give back to the children of the community.” The benefit concert has had many guest celebrities in years past. This year’s show will feature Dolly Parton solo in her Celebrity Theater at Dollywood.