Dolly Parton receives $100 million Courage and Civility Award from Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez


Dolly Parton is the newest recipient of the Bezos Courage and Civility Award.

“Jeff [Bezos] and I are so proud to share that we have a new Bezos Courage and Civility Award winner — a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work,” Bezos’ longtime companion, Lauren Sanchez, posted on Instagram alongside a video of their speech Friday earlier than awarding the grant to the nation music legend and longtime philanthropist.

“We can’t wait to see all the good that you’re going to do with this $100 million award, @DollyParton.”

Parton, who has donated to numerous causes for many years, publicly thanked Bezos and Sanchez on Twitter.

“I try to put my money where my heart is. I will do my best to do good things with this money,” Parton tweeted. “Thank you @JeffBezos #LaurenSanchez”

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt College Medical Heart’s vaccine analysis efforts. It was partly used to fund Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

She stated in an interview on the time with BBC’s “The One Show,” that she felt “honored and proud.”

“I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world,” she stated. “I’m a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that’s going to help us through this crazy pandemic.”

In 1988, Parton established the Dollywooden Basis, and ultimately The Creativeness Library, a program that helps kids the world over entry books.

Amongst her philanthropic efforts in her residence state of Tennessee, Parton additionally created the Dolly Parton Scholarship, which offers $15,000 to recipients in direction of a university training.

Final yr, Bezos awarded $100 million every to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

Bezos, the founder and former head of, stated at a press convention on the time that the grant had no string hooked up.

“They can give it all to their own charity,” Bezos stated final yr. “Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them.”