The iconic songwriter and singer is the Bezos Courage & Civility Award‘s latest recipient, which recognizes “leaders who aim high, find solutions and who always do it with civility,” comments Bezos’ partner and journalist Lauren Sanchez.
Each recipient is expected to give the sum to “the charities that they see fit,” adds Lauren during a Sunday presentation.
Parton, notes Bezos, “embodies these ideas so thoroughly. She gives with her heart, what she’s done for kids, and literacy and so many other things, is just incredible.” She will “put this $100 million award to great use helping so many people,” he continues.
“When people are in a position to help, you should help. And I know that I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is,” she said. “I will do my best to do good things with this money.”
Parton has written about 3,000 songs over the course of her record-breaking music career that has spanned six decades, and she has released more than 50 albums, with the promise that there will be more to come.
The term “living legend” may also be used to describe Dolly Parton in contexts outside the realm of music. The native of Tennessee, who is now 76 years old, has established a number of charitable organizations, one of which is the Dollywood Foundation, which works to alleviate poverty and advance education. In the previous year, it came to light that she had given $1 million to the Medical Center at Vanderbilt University to assist in the development of a vaccine during the pandemic, that she had been included in the People of the Year and Time 100 honors, that she had raised $700,000 for the Tennessee flood relief. The Amazon Courage and Civility award was first presented in 2021, and the first two recipients were activist Van Jones, who served as the founding CEO of the Dream Corps and REFORM Alliance, and humanitarian and chef Jose Andres, who founded World Central Kitchen, which supplies food to disaster-stricken areas all over the world.