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Dolly Parton Honored with Gary Haber Award


In September, Dolly Parton of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) was awarded the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The award honors a country music artist, or duo/group, devoted to improving lives through the power of music, who has a generosity of spirit and is committed to helping others. Since the early days of her career, Parton has used her celebrity to support the causes she loves most. Her Imagination Library has provide more than 94 million free books to preschool children in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2016, she helped raise $12 million for victims of the massive wildfires in her native East Tennessee by hosting a three-hour telethon.

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