COUNTRY music star Dolly Parton has been awarded $100million from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos to donate to charities.
The Jolene songstress, 76, scooped the ‘Bezos Courage and Civility Award’ and was presented the prize by Jeff’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
Taking to Instagram, Lauren announced: “Jeff and I are so proud to share that we have a new Bezos Courage and Civility Award winner.
“A woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work. We can’t wait to see all the good that you’re going to do with this $100 million award.”
In a video clip from the ceremony, Dolly can be heard saying “Wow! Did you say $100 million?” Before she declares she’ll “do good things with this money”.
Dolly said: “When people are in a position to help, you should help.
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“And I know that I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is. And I think you do the same thing. I will do my best to do good things with this money.”
Dolly has founded several charities, including the Dollywood Foundation.
She famously donated $1 million to Vanderblit University’s Medical Centre to help develop a vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also founded the Imagination Library, a scheme that sends kids one book a month from birth until they begin school.
Speaking previously, Dolly said: “My dad, even though he could not read nor write, he was one of the smartest people I have ever known.
“He had twelve kids so he had to figure out how to feed them. He knew how to get out and make a buck. He felt crippled by the fact that he couldn’t read and write.
“It used to break my heart that he felt ashamed that he couldn’t read or write. I told Daddy, ‘You’d be shocked to know how many millions of people in this world can’t read or write’.
“I tried to make him feel as good about that as I could.”
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