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Dolly Parton surprises young ladies during a celebration for Girl Scouts from the Tanasi Council at the Pines Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Saturday, June 13, 2009. About 400 girls earned the "Coat of Many Colors" badge based on Parton's philosophy and song by the same name. Parton sang her famous song and awarded the girls their badges before posing for group photos.

Amy Smotherman Burgess, Associated Press - Ap

Dolly Parton, center, poses with young ladies for a group photo during a celebration for Girl Scouts from the Tanasi Council at the Pines Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Saturday, June 13, 2009. Several hundred girls earned the "Coat of Many Colors" badge based on Parton's philosophy and song by the same name. Parton sang and awarded the girls their badges before posing for group photos.

Amy Smotherman Burgess, Associated Press - Ap

Dolly Parton surprises Girl Scouts, presents badge

  • Associated Press
  • June 14, 2009 - 5:36 PM

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Country singer Dolly Parton delighted hundreds of Tennessee Girl Scouts when she made a surprise entrance at a ceremony to present them with a patch created in her honor.

Parton appeared on stage at the Pines Theatre in Pigeon Forge, where 400 Girl Scouts were receiving the new "Coat of Many Colors" patch. It is named for Parton and her 1971 song of the same name.

Parton is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She wore her own uniform, hugged and chatted with the girls on Saturday.

The song tells the story of how schoolmates made fun of a coat Parton's mother made from rags. The patch requires Scouts to help others, then design a collage of what makes them special

Parton told the girls, "A person can make money, but money can't make a person."

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