Dolly Parton just got $100 million rich – thanks to Jeff Bezos.
Bezos selected Parton as the 2022 recipient of his Courage and Charities Award, as someone who “leads with his heart.”
Although the funds she acquired do not go to her personal fortune, they will and may go to any organization(s) of Parton’s choosing.
Lauren Sánchez, Bezos’ girlfriend, noted that the award “recognizes leaders who aim high, find solutions, and always do so with civility.”
Bezos applauded Parton, 76, for all “she has done for children, literacy and so many other things”.
In establishing the Dollywood Foundation in 1988, Parton prioritized the education of young people. From there, the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was born, which mainly offers books for young children and scholarships for high school students. In 2016, she created The My People Fund, to help those affected by a fire in the country of Sevier, the county of her hometown.
“When people are able to help, you should help,” Parton said as he accepted the award.
“I know I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is. And I think you do the same,” she told Bezos. “I will do my best to do good things with this money,” she added.
In addition to his own organization, Parton helped fund the LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, as well as the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Moderna.