Singer Dolly Parton receives $100m award from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

 Dolly Parton is honored by Amazon's Jeff Bezos with a $100 million cash prize.

This award recognizes and celebrates those who "pursue solutions with courage and civility," and it has been bestowed upon the country music singer and philanthropist.

The Bezos Courage & Decency Award, given to leaders who "pursue solutions with courage and civility," has awarded country music superstar and philanthropist Dolly Parton with a $100 million reward.


A week ago, Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com and owner of space rocket business Blue Origin, and his longtime partner, news reporter Lauren Sanchez, made the announcement.

For Sanchez, Parton is "a woman who contributes with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every facet of her career," as she said about her on Instagram.

We are excited to see what you do with this generous grant," she remarked.

At one point during the ceremony, Parton can be heard on film saying, "Wow! What, $100 million?

I believe those who are in a position to aid should donate their resources in accordance with their values. I promise to put this money to good use," she promised.

Parton, 76, has been a philanthropist for many years in addition to being a successful country, pop, and gospel singer-songwriter whose classics include "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene."

She gave $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to fund research into a vaccine for the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition to her musical achievements, which included her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, Parton has also established a number of charitable organizations, such as the Dollywood Foundation, which works to combat poverty and advance education.

In 2021, Bezos established the Courage & Civility Award by giving each of two recipients $100 million. The first recipients were activist Van Jones, who founded the REFORM Alliance and Dream Corps, and chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, who founded World Central Kitchen to feed those in need following natural disasters.

SOURCE:NEWS AGENCIES

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