Dolly Parton received $100 million from Jeff Bezos to donate to charities of her choice

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

Bezos selected Parton as the 2022 recipient of his Courage and Charities Award, as someone who “leads with his heart.”

Although the funds she acquired do not go to her personal fortune, they will and may go to any organization(s) of Parton’s choosing.

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Dolly Parton was the recipient of Jeff Bezos’ Courage and Civility Award. (Theo Wargo/Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Lauren Sánchez, Bezos’ girlfriend, noted that the award “recognizes leaders who aim high, find solutions, and always do so with civility.”

Bezos applauded Parton, 76, for all “she has done for children, literacy and so many other things”.

Dolly Parton on stage in a sequined jumpsuit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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

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In establishing the Dollywood Foundation in 1988, Parton prioritized the education of young people. From this grew the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which primarily offers books for young children and scholarships for high school students. In 2016, she created The My People Fund, to help those affected by a fire in the country of Sevier, the county of her hometown.

“When people are able to help, you should help,” Parton said as he accepted the award.

“I know I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is. And I think you do the same,” she told Bezos. “I will do my best to do good things with this money,” she added.

Dolly Parton smiles on the red carpet in a sparkly silver and black dress with tassels on the sleeves

Dolly Parton established the Dollywood Foundation in 1988. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

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In addition to his own organization, Parton helped fund the LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna.

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