Dolly Parton has received a $100 million award from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The money was given as part of Bezos’ annual Courage and Civility Award, which Parton is expected to give to charities of her choice.
The 9-to-5 singer received the award to recognize her contribution to “kids, literacy and so many other things.”
“Jeff [Bezos] and I’m so proud to announce that we have a new winner of the Bezos Courage and Civility Award,” Bezos’ partner Lauren Sanchez wrote in a caption alongside a video posted to Instagram.
“A woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work,” she said.
“We can’t wait to see all the good you will do with this $100 million award,” she wrote.
In the video, Bezos and Sanchez can be seen presenting Parton with their award.
“The award recognizes leaders who aim high, find solutions and always do so with courtesy,” said Sanchez, explaining the concept behind the award.
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The award is given to the winner to “direct to the charities they see fit,” she added.
“The woman you are about to meet embodies those ideals so thoroughly. She gives with her heart – what she has done for children, literacy and so many other things is just amazing,” said Bezos before announcing Parton as the winner.
Following the announcement, Parton is seen on stage before hugging Bezos and exclaiming “wow!”
“Did you say $100 million?” she asks. “If people can help, they should help.”
“I’ve always said I try to put my money where my heart is,” she continued, “and I think you’re doing the same,” she said.
“I will do my best to do good with this money, thanks Jeff,” she added.
The 76-year-old country singer has since retweeted the video with the same caption.
Parton donated $1 million to vaccine research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during the pandemic. She also has a scholarship program that awards recipients $15,000 towards their college studies.
Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. and the world’s fourth richest person, said he plans to give away most of his wealth while he’s alive.
Bezos will dedicate the money to fighting climate change and helping people who can unite humanity in the face of deep social and political divisions, he told CNN, the first time the billionaire has committed to such a pledge.
Bezos is worth $123.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a fortune that’s down nearly $70 billion this year but has risen over the past decade as its e-commerce giant fell in with rivals has passed.
Critics blame Bezos, 58, for not signing the Giving Pledge, a pledge by many of the world’s richest people to donate most of their wealth to charity. For years he stayed mostly on the philanthropy fringe, focusing instead on Amazon and Blue Origin, his for-profit space exploration company.
But in recent years, Bezos has given billions of dollars to charity and increased the pace of his giving since stepping down as Amazon’s chief executive officer last year.
His ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, has donated more than $12 billion to charities since the two split in 2019, focusing primarily on smaller charities in the US that are often overlooked by larger donors.
Bezos has brought his attention to climate change with his $10 billion Earth Fund and also announced a $200 million gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Bezos is also said to be interested in acquiring the NFL’s Washington Commanders, potentially with music mogul Jay-Z as an investor.
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