Dolly Parton received the Bezos Courage and Civility Award worth $100 million from Jeff Bezos Friday, November 11 Jeff and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez presented Dolly, 76, with the award for her humanitarian work. “The awards recognize leaders who aim high, find solutions and always do it with grace,” Lauren, 52, said on stage, before Jeff, 58, introduced Dolly, saying the “9 To 5” singer “gives from her heart.” ” in his “amazing” efforts to help others.
Dolly, who looked stunning in a sparkling black dress, graciously accepted the award on stage before giving a short but meaningful speech. “When people are in a position to help, you should help,” Dolly told the audience. “And I know I’ve always said I try to put my money where my heart is. I will try my best to do good things with this money,” added the state star and philanthropist.
Lauren further praised Dolly, who is the third person to win this award, after the chef Jose Andres and climate advocate Van Jones, in an interview with CNN. “When you think of Dolly, everyone smiles, right? She just radiates light,” Lauren said. “And all she wants to do is bring light into other people’s worlds.” And so we couldn’t have thought of anyone better than to present this award to Dolly, and we know she’s going to do amazing things with it.”
Dolly was honored for her long-term philanthropy, which includes her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center that helped fund Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. She also founded the Imagination Library, which has donated millions of books to underprivileged children. said Dolly People last year that she is “addicted to the feeling” of giving back to others. “Knowing that I’m doing something good for someone else,” she added.