Dolly Parton is the latest recipient of Jeff Bezos’ Courage and Civility Award.
“Jeff and I are so proud to share that we have a new winner of the Bezos Courage and Civility Award – a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in all aspects of her work,” said the girlfriend of Bezos, Lauren Sanchez. on Instagram alongside a video of their speech on Friday before awarding the country music legend the grant. “We can’t wait to see all the good you’ll do with this $100 million prize, @DollyParton.”
Parton is also known for her philanthropy. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Parton donated $1 million to vaccine research efforts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. It was partly used to fund Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.
She said in an interview at the time with BBC’s ‘The One Show’ that she felt “honoured and proud”.
“I felt so proud to have been part of this little seed money that will hopefully grow into something big and help heal this world,” she said. “I am a very proud girl today to know that I had anything to do with something that is going to get us through this crazy pandemic.”
In 1988 Parton established the Dollywood Foundation, and eventually The Imagination Library, a program that helps children around the world access books.
Among her philanthropic efforts in her home state of Tennessee, Parton also established the Dolly Parton Scholarship, which provides $15,000 to recipients for a college education.
Last year, Bezos awarded $100 million each to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.
Bezos, the founder and former head of Amazon.com, told a news conference at the time that the grant came with no strings attached.
“They can give it all to their own charity,” Bezos said last year. “Or they can share the wealth. It is to them.”