7. Dolly Parton's string of philanthropic hits

Photo illustration of Dolly Parton wrapping paper on a gift with a notecard attached

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Dolly Parton is known around the world for her musical and acting talents, but the legendary performer recently made headlines for her contribution to science when she helped fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

Driving the news: Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University for research toward a cure for the coronavirus. Her donation helped fund the university's research that contributed to the development of Moderna's vaccine, which has a reported efficacy of 94.5%

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