Dolly Parton was honored by The Los Angeles Press, during the 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala (at the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA).
Parton was honored with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for contributions to the public good. The event focused on the philanthropic efforts of Imagination Library, her book gifting organization that has mailed over 100 million books to children in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and U.S., as well as her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which raised more than $12.5 million dollars for her My People Fund which provided financial assistance to victims of the massive wildfires that impacted the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area in late November 2016.
The gala was attended by over 500 journalists and media executives. Several ‘excellence in journalism’ awards were announced during the event.