As the latest winner of his organization’s “Courage and Civility” award, Amazon and SpaceX founder Jeff Bezos gave country music legend Dolly Parton $100 million to give away however she wants.
In a tweet, Bezos said that he and his partner, Lauren Sanchez, gave Parton the award for her charitable work on Saturday.
“She gives from her heart,” Bezos said while giving out the award. “It’s amazing what she’s done for kids, reading, and so many other things.”
Parton said that she would do her best to put the money to good use when she accepted her award.
“Wow! “Did you say a $100 million dollar?” In her speech, Parton said: “When people can help, they should, and I’ve always said I try to put my money where my heart is.”
Parton is one of only three people to have won the award. The other two are chef Jose Andres and CNN host Van Jones.
In the past few years, Parton has made a number of well-known donations. In 2020, she gave $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center for COVID-19 research, which helped launch the modern COVID-19 vaccine, according to NBC News.
Parton also used the money she got from the late R&B singer Whitney Houston’s version of her song “I Will Always Love You” to buy a strip mall in Nashville, Tennessee, in order to help the black community there.
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