Dolly Parton, a country music star and philanthropist, was awarded a $100 million prize as part of the “Bezos Courage & Civility Award,” which is presented by billionaire Jeff Bezos. This honor recognizes leaders who “pursue solution with courage and civility.”
Bezos, also the owner and operator of Blue Origin, announced Friday’s award with Lauren Sanchez, his partner in news anchoring.
Sanchez stated on Instagram that Parton was “a woman who gives with all her heart and leads by love and compassion in all aspects of her work.”
She said, “We are excited to see the positive effects that this $100 million award will bring,”
Parton said in an online video clip that he was part of the ceremony, “Wow!” Parton said, “Wow!
“I believe people should help others if they are in a position.” She said, “I will do my best for good with this money.”
Parton, at 76, is a country, gospel, and pop singer-songwriter. His songs include “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jolene,” as well as many other hits. Parton has been a long-time philanthropist.
To help develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic, she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center.
Parton was this month inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He also founded a number of charities, including the Dollywood Foundation which focuses on poverty relief and education.
The Bezos Award was established in 2001. Its first recipients were Van Jones, activist and founding CEO of REFORM Alliance and Dream Corps. Jose Andres, humanitarian chef and humanitarian, won the prize. World Central Kitchen provides food for disaster victims.