Dolly Parton, a country music singer and philanthropist was awarded a $100m prize by the “Bezos Courage & Civility Award”, which was presented online by Jeff Bezos (a billionaire founder of Amazon.com). This award recognizes leaders who pursue solutions with courage, civility, and he stated online.
Bezos is also the owner Blue Origin, a space rocket company. He announced the award Friday with Lauren Sanchez, a long-time news anchor.
Sanchez posted on Instagram that Parton is “a woman with a heart who gives and leads with love and kindness in all aspects her work.”
She stated, “We can’t get enough of all the good you’re going do with this $100 Million award.”
Parton stated, in a video clip posted online of the ceremony: “Wow! Was that $100 million?
“I believe that people in a position of helping should give their money where it is most needed. She stated that she would do her best to make good use of this money.
Parton, 76 years old, is a singer-songwriter from country, pop, and gospel. He has many hits, including “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene”. Parton was a long-standing philanthropist.
She donated $1,000,000 to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center in order to help develop a vaccine during a COVID-19 epidemic.
Parton, who was inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this month, has also started a variety of charities, such as the Dollywood Foundation that focuses on education and poverty relief.
Bezos’ award began in 2001. The first prizes went to Van Jones, an activist who was the founding CEO of REFORM Alliance, Dream Corps and Jose Andres who is a humanitarian chef who created World Central Kitchen which provides food in the immediate aftermath disasters