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Legendary Singer Dolly Parton Surprises Seniors At Sevier County Senior Center Renaming Ceremony

Date May 10, 2018 12:41

It seems that Dolly Parton’s generosity has no limits!

Earlier this year, the legendary singer donated 100 millionth free book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which she set in honor of her late father.

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The book, which is a copy of Parton’s children’s picture book Coat of Many Colors, was donated to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Parton partnered with the Library to set up livestream story readings to children.

Now, she decided to please the older population. The country singer paid a visit to the Sevier County Senior Center to surprise the seniors there.

Sevier County native Parton visited a renaming ceremony of the facility the My People Senior Activity Center in honor of her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton. The executive director of the faculty, Jane Howes, commented:

I've been so excited, and we've been trying to keep it under wraps 'cause we have 3,000 members here, and we knew if the word got out too much, we'd have three or four or five thousand people here. We knew we couldn't fit everyone. So I'm apologizing to everyone that we could not tell about this, and a normal Monday anyways is pretty busy, so we had a lot of people in here anyway, and word got out a little bit.

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During her speech, which she addressed on a stage in the cafeteria, 72-year-old Parton joked that she is a senior too, saying:

I am so excited to be part of this today. Of course, you know I'm a senior too. When I was over in Sevier County High School, I couldn't wait to be a senior, and now that I'm in my second childhood, I'm a senior again. Anyways, I saw one of my old boyfriends from high school. He said, 'Dolly, you look like a million dollars.' I said, 'Well, thank you. That's just about how much it's cost to make me look like this.

Before the renaming ceremony, the singer checked what kind of activities the center offers. She even took a part in an exercise class with the participants, showing them how to lift dumbbells.

Parton also visited the woodworking shop and after discovering that the women outnumbered the men in that activity, she shouted "girl power".

Don’t you just love her?

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