Dolly Parton teams up with Kelly Clarkson to donate $50,000 to Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Dolly Parton and the Kelly Clarkson Show teamed up to donate $50,000 to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Dolly Parton teams up with Kelly Clarkson to donate $50,000 to Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Dolly Parton teams up with Kelly Clarkson to donate $50,000 to Knoxville Symphony Orchestra(The Kelly Clarkson Show)
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 4:15 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 7:35 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Dolly Parton announced on the Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday that she’s helping the show to donate $50,000 to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

“We are honored by the generous donations made by Dolly Parton and The Kelly Clarkson Show in partnership with Netspend Corporation,” Knoxville Symphony Orchestra CEO Rachel Ford said

The donations were inspired by Erin Gonzalez, who received the Dolly Parton Scholarship and studied music education at the University of Tennessee. Now, Gonzalez works at the orchestra, helping bring music into classrooms by working on student outreach.

“Erin is an integral part of our organization, and we are overjoyed that her talent and passion for music education were celebrated in a way that will allow us to reach even more students,” Ford said.

The Kelly Clarkson Show pledged to donate $25,000 to the organization, and Parton surprised Gonzalez with a $25,000 donation herself.