Jeff Bezos gives Dolly Parton a staggering amount of money – Nicki Swift
Jeff Bezos’s partner, Lauren Sanchez, announced through Instagram on November 12 that they would give Dolly Parton $100 million as the winner of their Bezos Courage and Civility Award. Sánchez posted a clip (which Bezos shared on her own social media pages) that featured Parton receiving the cash during an awards ceremony. Standing next to Sanchez, Bezos declared in the video, “The woman you are about to meet embodies these ideals so thoroughly,” before Parton addressed the stage. She continued before the country star received the amount of money that would change her life: “What she has done for children, for illiteracy and so many other things, is just incredible.” Of course, Parton doesn’t plan on taking the prize herself, as she told the billionaire, “I’m going to do my best to do good things with this money.”
Of course, Parton has done a lot of good in her career and has become almost as famous for her philanthropy as she is for her music. To name just a few of her charitable efforts, the star created the Dollywood Foundation in 1986, which includes his Imagination Library which gives away books to children (in 2018, the charity celebrated donating his 100 millionth book), as well as providing much-needed scholarships to high school students. Then in 2020, Parton also made headlines when she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, helping to develop the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, for Forbes.
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