Jeff Bezos named Dolly Parton as the last recipient of your Valor and Civility Awarddelivering the music legend $100 million for you to donate to charities of your choice.
“She gives with her heart. What she has done for children, for literacy and for so many other things is incredible,” Bezos, 58, said in a video posted on social media.
“I’ve always said that I try to put my money where my heart is, and I think you do the same,” Parton said. “I will do my best to do good things with this money. Thanks Jeff.”
Parton, 76, has run a foundation that has distributed books to children around the world. Great vaccination advocatesupported Moderna Inc.’s injection against COVID-19 by donating one million dollars to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for virus research.
I felt very proud to have been part of that small seed capital that will hopefully grow into something big and help heal this world,” she said after the successful development of Moderna. “Today I am a very proud girl to know that I have had something to do with something that is going to help us in this crazy pandemic.”
Among her philanthropic efforts in her home state of Tennessee, Parton also created the Dolly Parton Scholarship, which provides recipients with $15,000 for a college education.
At a benefit concert in May 2007, Parton raised money for LeConte Medical Center, a hospital and cancer center in Sevier County, Tennessee. In addition to the $500,000 raised at the show, Parton contributed another $500,000 to the project, bringing the total amount of funds raised to $1 million. The hospital, which opened in 2010, has named its women’s health ward after the country music star.
the owner of Blue Origin announced the impressive prize last Friday with his partner, the news presenter Lauren Sanchez.
“Jeff and I are very proud to share that we have a new winner of the Bezos Award for Courage and Civility: a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in all aspects of her work,” Sánchez posted on Instagram. “We can’t wait to see all the good you’re going to do with this $100 million prize, @DollyParton,” she added.
Bezos has previously awarded $100 million each to chefs José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen feeds people in disaster-stricken areas around the world, and Van Jones, the founder of Dream.Org.
Bezos, the fourth richest person in the world with a fortune of USD123.9 billion, has ramped up his philanthropic efforts since stepping down as CEO of Amazon last year. He is focusing most of his attention on climate change with his $10 billion Earth Fund, and has also announced a $200 million donation to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.