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Dolly Parton Made a Huge COVID-19 Donation


Nov. 18 2020, Updated 10:03 a.m. ET

On Nov. 16, Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5 percent effective during phase 3 clinical trials. The company provided the most promising vaccine news yet. As it turns out, we may have Dolly Parton to thank. 

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Dolly Parton's donation of $1 million in April went toward the Moderna research. Her name is on the preliminary report's list of sponsors as "Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)."

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What is Dolly Parton's net worth?

According to Refinery29, Parton is worth an estimated $600 million. 

Dolly Parton comes from a modest background in the Great Smoky Mountains of Sevierville, Tenn., where her family didn't have running water or electricity. She still owns the original home and people can visit an exact replica at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Dolly Parton is the definition of self-made.

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Dolly Parton donated $1 million to the Moderna vaccine

Through the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund, Parton donated $1 million to the Moderna research effort. Initially, she sent the money to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where her close friend Dr. Naji Abumrad works.

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Dr. Abumrad's son is Jad Abumrad—the founder and co-host of WNYC Studio's Radiolab. Jad Abumrad hosted a podcast called Dolly Parton's America, which provides an in-depth biography and includes numerous personal interviews with Parton.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library helps kids learn

Parton isn't new to philanthropy. She spearheads Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which is an international effort to get kids reading. Since 1995, the organization has donated more than 130 million books. The associated foundation, Dollywood Foundation, provides scholarships to high school seniors within her home county to pursue educational success.

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Where is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library available?

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program is currently available in participating communities in five countries:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Republic of Ireland
  4. Canada
  5. Australia

Presumably, the program will continue to expand. The program launched in Ireland in 2019. 

Dolly Parton's age doesn't stop her

As of November 2020, Parton is 74 years old. She was born on January 19, 1946. Parton continues to achieve nominations and win awards for her talents and efforts.  

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Parton is married, no kids, and doing just fine

Dolly Parton got married in 1966, when she was 20 years old. Her husband, Carl Thomas Dean, is just a few years older at 78. Despite the fact that they have been married for 54 years, they have an extremely private relationship.

Dean is also from Tennessee. He owned an asphalt laying company before retiring. Dean has amassed a $15 million net worth for himself. Although the amount is a lot less than his wife's net worth, it's nothing to be shy about.

Although Parton doesn't talk about her marriage much, she spoke about Dean in a September 2020 interview with People. She said that they keep things fresh by going on spontaneous (yet simple) dates like picnics.


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