Legendary country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton has been honored with a $100 million Courage and Citizenship Award by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his partner Lauren Sanchez. Announcing the award on Friday, Sanchez said the money is to be directed toward charities the recipient sees fit.
“When people are in a position to help, you should help. And I know I’ve always said, ‘I try to put my money where my heart is,’ and I think you can too.” Just do it,” Parton said when Bezos accepted the grant.
Parton tweeted That she would “do her best to do good with this money.”
The 76-year-old music icon has long been known as a philanthropist. According to the foundation’s website, her Dollywood Foundation, which aims to promote graduation in her home county, was launched in 1988. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book gift program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter what their family income, was launched in 1995, the website said. website said.
In 2020, Parton$1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help his friend, Dr. Nazi Abumrad, develop Moderna , Parton got his vaccine from Abumrad himself In which he inspired others to get vaccinated as well.
In 2016 Parton hosted “Smokey Mountains Rise: A Benefits for the My People Fund”, a live telethon.For those whose homes were destroyed by wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains.