The legendary Dolly Parton gives us many reasons to celebrate her each and every day (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Dolly Parton Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on August 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

Let’s face it. Country music just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for Dolly Parton.

To this day, the music icon with the larger than life persona continues to inspire other female artists from across the globe. With a career that spans over five decades, Dolly has earned countless awards and accolades in recognition of her amazing talents that range from acting in movies to singing onstage.

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Not only does Dolly have an impressive catalog of songs that include hits like “Jolene,” “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You,” but she’s also funny as heck! Her sunny disposition shines through with her over-the-top signature style and charming one-liners.

But, perhaps its Dolly’s will to make a difference in people’s lives that makes her a true gem.

The legendary country artist who grew up in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee has always found ways to give back to her community. Years ago, she started a family theme park called Dollywood to help attract visitors and bring revenue to the city of Pigeon Forge. She also helped create the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library that helps promote early childhood literacy.

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But, December 2016 really showcased the Smoky Mountain songbird’s heart of gold. It was then that Dolly opened up her heart to the people of her hometown who were affected by a deadly wildfire. Through her Dollywood Foundation, Dolly created a My People Fund, and donated $1,000 a month for six months to the families who lost their homes in the blaze. She also planned a telethon to help raise money for the victims.

All of those reasons are why we want to pay homage to Dolly each and every day!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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