Dolly Parton is the gift that keeps on giving in so many ways. While on her Pure & Simple Tour, the country legend celebrated a milestone in a unique way.
In 1995, Parton created an organization called Imagination Library, a literary program which now gives away millions of books around the globe every month. The program started small in Parton’s homeland of Sevier County, Tenn. Imagination Library has since grown into the biggest literacy organization in the world.
To recognize the amazing achievement, Parton also gave one lucky (little) fan a $30,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.
Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Ark. won that honor. The Johns’ enrolled Evey in Parton’s Imagination Library. And now, they know they’re little girl has access to books and education for years to come. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree,” Parton said in a press release.
The $30,000 goes into a special account, which accrues interest over the years. So by the time Evey is ready to go to college, that amount may be closer to $50,000. Parton made the announcement at a performance in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.