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ACM Honors Dolly Parton With The Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award

Published September 15, 2017 / Last Updated September 15, 2017

The Academy of Country Music honored Dolly Parton with the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award

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Airs Friday, Sept. 15 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on CBS

At the 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, Dolly Parton received the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. The event recognized the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™. As a special tribute to Dolly, Brad Paisley performed “My Tennessee Mountain Home.”

The Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award honors a country music artist, duo/group or industry professional devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit and is committed to serving others. It is voted on by The ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.

Dolly has held many titles over her storied 50-year career. She is an iconic singer, songwriter, actress, legend—but philanthropist is one that is close to her heart. Since her earliest days of stardom, Dolly has used her celebrity to support the causes she loves most. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has, to date, provided over 94 million free books to preschool children in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, the program mails one million free books to registered children each month.

In 2016, Dolly stepped up to raise money for victims of the massive wildfires in her native East Tennessee. Hosting “Smoky Mountains Rise,” a three-hour telethon, Dolly helped raise $12 million for The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund. The Fund provided money for temporary housing for families who lost their homes in the fires.

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Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award

The Academy renamed/incorporated the Humanitarian Award into the existing Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. Past recipients include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood.

ACM Honors

The Academy of Country Music® presented the 11th Annual ACM Honors™ on Aug. 23 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Portions of the event were taped for the two-hour special which airs on Friday, Sept. 15 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In addition to Dolly and a host of other honorees, Reba McEntire received the Mae Boren Axton Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding individuals for years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music. Also, George Strait received the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. It honors those who advance the popularity of the genre through contributions in multiple facets of the industry. Areas such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.

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Pre-Order Dolly’s New Children’s Album “I Believe In You”

Published September 15, 2017 / Last Updated September 15, 2017

Dolly to appear on ACM Honors and the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards as pre-orders open for 44th studio album and first children’s album “I Believe In You”

Dolly Parton’s first children’s album is now available for pre-order. “I Believe In You,” is for parents, fans, children and all those young at heart. It features 14 new songs, all written and performed by Dolly. All proceeds from the album will benefit the Imagination Library. Founded by Dolly in 1995, Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed over 94 million free books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

Pre-Order “I Believe In You”

Pre-order Dolly’s new children’s album on CD releasing Oct. 13 and get her picture book based on her famous song “Coat of Many Colors.”

Pre-order digital album releasing Sept. 29 now and receive an instant download of the album’s title track “I Believe In You.”

ACM Honors & The Emmys

Today marks the start of a busy weekend for Dolly. She will appear on the ACM Honors on Friday, Sept.15 where she will accept the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. Then she will head to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Plus, Dolly and her “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda just joined the A-List lineup of award presenters.

ACM Honors
Friday, Sept. 15
CBS 9/8c

69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Sunday, Sept. 17
CBS 8/7c

“I Believe In You” Track List

  1. I Believe in You
  2. Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
  3. Together Forever
  4. I Am a Rainbow
  5. I’m Here
  6. A Friend Like You
  7. Imagination
  8. You Can Do It
  9. Responsibility
  10. You Gotta Be
  11. Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny
  12. Chemo Hero
  13. Brave Little Soldier
  14. Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)

A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available Sept. 29, and the physical album will be available worldwide Oct. 13. “I Believe In You” is Dolly’s 44th studio album.

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 94 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Dollywood Earns Four Golden Ticket Awards

Published September 12, 2017 / Last Updated September 12, 2017

Most-honored park wins for best entertainment, Christmas event, food and friendliness

The winningest park in Amusement Today’s Golden Tickets history, Dollywood again this year earned more category wins and finalist positions than any other park in the world. During the magazine’s 2017 awards ceremony, Dollywood picked up four “best of” awards. The park also placed in the top-ten in six additional categories.

2017 Golden Ticket Wins

Dollywood receives 4 Golden Ticket Awards in 2017

2017 Golden Ticket Awards

  • Sixth Consecutive Win – Friendliest Park
  • Ninth Consecutive Win – Best Shows
  • 10th Consecutive Win – Best Christmas Event (the only park to ever earn this award)
  • Fourth Win In This Category – Best Food

The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. Dolly Parton said,

“You all know how very proud I am of my Dollywood and the special folks who work there. It makes me feel so good to know that our guests feel the same way about the park when they come visit us. It’s the perfect place to help them make those memories they’re always going to hold close. Our people do a great job of doin’ just what my mama always used to say—they treat our guests just like they’d want to be treated. And isn’t that what really makes the difference?”

Dolly continued,

“Families can feel the love our folks have for them by the effort and attention they put in to every single detail of the park. They want to make sure every guest leaves with a smile on their face. Dollywood will continue to grow, but I’m thankful my team will never forget what got us to where we are: going above and beyond to give our guests experiences they’ll always remember.”

2017 Golden Ticket Top-Ten Category Finishes

  • Second Place – Cleanest Park
  • Third Place – Best Park
  • Fourth Place – Best Water Park for Dollywood’s Splash Country
  • Fourth Place – Best Landscaping
  • Fifth Place – Best Wooden Coaster for Lightning Rod
  • Eighth Place – Best Wooden Coaster for Thunderhead

Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator for Amusement Today said,

“It has been incredibly exciting to watch Dollywood — which was a relatively unknown contender when the Golden Ticket Awards started in 1998 — become this theme park industry powerhouse. Dollywood not only places as a finalist in more categories than any other park, it has taken top prize in four categories — again, more than any other park. Dollywood is setting the bar, and other parks would be wise to look at their example. It’s certainly a park to watch.”

Tim went on to say,

“Dollywood is the whole package — great food, entertaining shows, friendly hospitality and great rides. It’s little surprise to see them capture the attention of our voters. Each year, our selected panel has an incredible amount of worldwide experience, so to be honored on a worldwide scale in so many categories is an amazing accomplishment.”

About Golden Ticket Awards

Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions. The survey asks voters to rate the “best” in a number of categories. Categories include best parks, roller coasters, water rides, shows, kids’ area, landscaping and Christmas events. The Golden Ticket Awards were held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut.

Other Dollywood Awards This Season

USA Today’s 10Best recognized Dollywood as the third best theme park in the country. And the organization also named Dollywood’s Splash Country the eighth best water park. The National Amusement Park Historical Association also named Dollywood as their “Favorite Theme Park” this year. Dollywood edged Walt Disney World for first, a position the Florida attraction had held for thirteen consecutive years. The NAPHA also honored Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas as their “Favorite Post-Summer Season Amusement Park Event.” Fox News recognized the park as the top Small Town Theme Park thanks to its location in the foothills of the Smokies.

Learn more about Dollywood’s Year of the Family

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Ronald McDonald Day At Dollywood’s Splash Country

Published August 22, 2017 / Last Updated August 25, 2017

Dollywood’s Splash Country hosts annual Ronald McDonald Day on Saturday, Aug. 26!

On Ronald McDonald Day at Dollywood’s Splash Country, the first 600 guests who mention this fantastic charity can purchase tickets for half-price.

End the summer with a splash and in the process support sick children and their families. Dollywood’s Splash Country and WIVK are partnering once again to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville. Ronald McDonald House’s mission is to aid families with critically-ill children who are being treated in area hospitals. The first 600 guests who mention Ronald McDonald House at the water park before noon on Saturday, Aug. 26 will receive 50% off a regular or child admission ticket.

Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville

One-hundred percent of the funds raised from this special event benefit Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville. It serves as a home away from home for families during their time of treatment. Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Janet Dawson said,

“The Dollywood Company believes strongly in being a great community partner. As a water park, we look forward to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House every year. Splash Country is all about family time and that’s what Ronald McDonald House is trying to restore—they’re supporting families through tough times and trying to get them back to normalcy. What a great mission.”

Sue Beverly, Director of Ronald McDonald House added,

“Thousands of lives are impacted each year by the services we offer at our wonderful house—services that are a direct result of the loving support so graciously offered by our community and our friends at Splash Country.”

Since 2003, Dollywood’s Splash Country has donated more than $347,000 to the non-profit through special events, promotions and monetary donations.

Dollywood’s Splash Country Calendar

This season, Dollywood’s Splash Country extended its operating calendar with several additional days. The remaining open days this season are Aug. 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, and Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4.

Visit for more information about Dollywood’s Splash Country or any of The Dollywood Company properties or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Dolly Shared Excitement For Great Pumpkin LumiNights And More At Dollywood

Published August 19, 2017 / Last Updated August 19, 2017

Dolly Visits Dollywood To Share Details About Great Pumpkin LumiNights And More!

Feature photo by Curtis Hilbun, Dollywood

Today, Dolly shared her vision for Dollywood’s newest nighttime harvest experience. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights will take place Sept. 29 – Oct. 28. Families will enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon during the nightly finale of Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. With so many carved pumpkins needed to create Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood has a number of “pumpkin artists” who will host demonstrations to help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece. Dolly said,

“I’m also really excited to be here to let you know about our brand new nighttime event we are adding for families in October called Great Pumpkin LumiNights. You know, people from all around the world know us for the millions of twinklin’ lights we put up at Christmas time. Well, when guests see thousands of these glowing pumpkins all lit up in Timber Canyon, they’re going to have that same special feeling. We think Great Pumpkin LumiNites will become just as popular with families as our Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of new family traditions made this October.”

Unique harvest games and attractions—including a glow maze—for kids, a nightly Pumpkin Boogie dance party, and friendly costume characters help add to the festive atmosphere. New themed food options and exclusive harvest-themed Coca-Cola products make Great Pumpkin LumiNights the place to be when the sun goes down in the Smokies.

Southern Gospel Jubilee

Along with Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood will once again host the largest Southern gospel music event in America, Southern Gospel Jubilee. Some of the biggest names in the genre will visit Dollywood, Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 21-22), Guy Penrod (Oct. 23-24), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), The McKameys (Oct. 6-7), Gold City (Oct. 2-3) and many more.

Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dolly also spoke about the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival! The Smoky Mountain Christmas festival will take place Nov. 5 – Jan. 1. Dolly said,

“The Parade of Many Colors is back this Christmas, along with seven holiday shows and four million beautiful lights. We even have Rudolph and his friends back for another year of creating family memories. It will be a November and December to remember!”

Earlier this week Dolly announced her new children’s album “I Believe In You” which will benefit the Imagination Library

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