Dolly Parton Receives $100 Million Courage and Civility Award from Jeff Bezos
Dolly Parton was presented with the Bezos Award for Courage and Civility by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and partner Lauren Sanchez this weekend.
The $100 million prize "recognizes leaders who aim high, find solutions and who always do it with poise," Sanchez said.
The money is given "to be directed to the charities
Bezos said that Parton "perfectly embodies these ideals; she gives from her heart. What she has done for children, literacy and so many other things is incredible."
Parton is known for her humanitarian efforts,
including supporting the Moderna COVID vaccine in 2020 through a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their covid research.
also founded the Dollywood Foundation, Imagination Library, a book gift program that mails high-quality, free books each month to more than one million children
Parton was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
although she initially stated that she did not feel she had "earned that right" because she had never recorded a rock album.
His Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas family TV movie is set to air on NBC on December 1st.
Parton joins previous recipients of the Bezos Award, activist Van Jones and chef and humanitarian Jose Andres.