Washington: Country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton received a $100 million ($148 million) award from the “Bezos Courage & Civility Award” given by Amazon.com founder, billionaire Jeff Bezos, an honor that recognizes leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and politeness,” he said online.
Bezos, who also owns the space rocket company Blue Origin, announced the award Friday along with his longtime partner, news anchor Lauren Sanchez.
Sanchez said: on Instagram that Parton is “a woman” who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work.”
“We can’t wait to see all the good you’re going to do with this $100 million prize,” she said.
Parton said in a video clip of the ceremony posted online, “Wow! Did you say $100 million?”
“I think people who can help should give their money where their heart is. I will do my best to do good things with this money,” she said.
Parton, 76, a country, pop, and gospel singer-songwriter, whose songs include “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” and many other hits over the decades, is a longtime philanthropist.
She donated $US1 million to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center to help develop a vaccine during the COVID19 pandemic.