Kenny Rogers has helped raise a large sum of money for his longtime friend Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

In late September, Rogers held a benefit concert for the Imagination Library, which gives books to children ranging in age from newborns to 5 years old, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The event was packed, with a sold-out crowd eager to see Rogers perform just a few days after announcing that he will be retiring.

"You know, she's an amazing person. She can take something and really grow it into something fantastic. Dolly has shipped over 70 million books!" Rogers says. "I think it’s a great idea. I’m glad to be a part of this, and I hope it helps!"

Adds Parton, "I'm so grateful to Kenny for wanting to help my Imagination Library. He's always been such a great friend to me, and I’m so happy that he made time to come to Dollywood, and I know the fans just loved it."

Rogers' show was part of a larger concert series at Dollywood to raise money for Parton's libraries. His performance alone raised over $60,000, while the entire concert series raised over $635,000.

"Kenny, if you’re reading this, I want to you to know just how much I appreciate you, and you know I’ll always love you!” Parton says.

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