FBI honors country singer Dolly Parton

Publié le 7 Mai 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Country singer Dolly Parton is adding another major honor to her already 'bedazzled' list of lifetime achievements. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recognized Parton as a distinguished community leader.

FBI honors country singer Dolly Parton

Director Christopher Wray honored Parton with the 2018 Director's Community Leadership Award for her 'Dollywood Foundation', which donated a total of $9 million to victims of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee wildfires in 2016 through the "My People Fund."

In 2016, the country singer and eastern Tennessee native used her foundation to raise money for victims of the wildfires that claimed more than a dozen lives and destroyed hundreds of structures. The fires spared Parton's famed Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge.

"After the Gatlinburg wildfires, Sevier County native Dolly Parton decided to help her hometown neighbors who had lost everything," the FBI said on its website. "Parton and the Dollywood Foundation provided $10,000 to each of 900 families. The donations brought renewed hope to a community devastated by the worst natural disaster in Tennessee history."

Parton couldn't attend the award ceremony at the FBI headquarters in person. But the singer sent a video message thanking and praising the bureau.

“Hey everybody, it’s Dolly, and I am so sorry I couldn’t be with you today to personally accept the award from Director Wray,” she said in the video.

“But it is an honor for me to be recognized by the FBI, because there’s no higher calling than your mission to protect and serve us. And to my fellow recipients, thank you for all you do for our communities. Your work inspires all of us,” she added.

“So may y’all continue to have the faith, the strength, and the vision to make your dreams come true. So many thanks again, and remember that [sings] I will always love you!"

Parton is well known for her philanthropic efforts. In 1995, she started the Imagination Library in honor of her father. The charity sends free books every month to preschool-aged children and has distributed almost 85 million books in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Rédigé par WHSV by WLOS and WHSV newsrooms

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