Dolly Parton has received a $100 million Courage and Citizenship Award from Jeff Bezos

Dolly Parton has received a $100 million Courage and Citizenship Award from Jeff Bezos


Dolly Parton is the latest recipient of Jeff Bezos’ Courage and Citizenship Award.

“Jeff and I are so proud to share that we have a new Bezos Courage and Citizenship Award winner — a woman who gives from her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work,” posted Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez posted on Instagram Along with a video of their speech Friday before the country music legend presented the grant. “We can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with this $100 million prize, @dollyparton.”

Parton is also known for her philanthropic work. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s vaccine research efforts. It was used in part to fund Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

He said in one Interview at that time with BBC’s “The One Show” that he felt “honoured and proud”.

“I felt very proud to be a part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help heal this world,” he said. “I’m a very proud girl today that I had something to do with something that’s going to help us through this crazy epidemic.”

In 1988, Parton founded the Dollywood Foundation and eventually The Imagination Library, a program that helps children around the world have access to books.

Among her philanthropic efforts in her home state of Tennessee, Parton also created the Dolly Parton Scholarship, which provides recipients with $15,000 toward a college education.

Last year, Bezos awarded each with $100 million CNN contributor Van Jones and chef Jose Andres.

Bezos, the founder and former head of Amazon.com, said in a press conference at the time that there were no strings attached to the donation.

“They can give it to their own charity,” Bezos said last year. “Or they can share resources. It’s up to them.”

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