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Dolly Parton has given $100 million from Jeff Bezos to give to the charities of her choice

Dolly Parton has given $100 million from Jeff Bezos to give to the charities of her choice

Dolly Parton I just got $100 million richer – thanks to Jeff Bezos.

Bezos chose Barton as the 2022 winner of the Courage and Charity Award, as an individual who “leads with her heart.”

While the money she has earned does not go towards her personal fortune, it will and can go to any organization(s) of Barton’s choice.

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Dolly Parton received the Jeff Bezos Courage and Civility Award. (Theo Wargo/Samir Hussain/Getty Images)

Bezos’ friend, Lauren Sanchez, noted that the award “honors leaders who aspire to high goals, find solutions, and always do so with tenderness.”

Bezos praised Barton, 76, for all she did for children, literacy and many other things.

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Dolly Parton, 76, will be able to donate $100 million to the charities of her choice. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

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By creating the Dollywood Foundation in 1988, Parton prioritized the education of young people. From this, the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Born, which mostly offers books for young children and scholarships for high school students. In 2016, she created the My People Fund to help those affected by the fire in Sevier Country, her hometown.

When accepting the award, Barton stated, “When people are in a position to help, you must help.”

She told Bezos, “I know I’ve always said, ‘I’m trying to put my money where my heart is.’ And I think you’re doing the same.” “I will do everything in my power to do good things with this money,” she added.

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In addition to her own organization, Parton has helped fund LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, as well as COVID-19 Vaccine Made by Moderna.