Dolly Dash 1k/5k Family Fun Run Raises Funds for Imagination Library

By: Grace Dumas, KINY

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – In a celebration of literacy and community spirit, the Dolly Dash 1k/5k Family Fun Run took place this past weekend, with participants donning their best Dolly Parton attire to support a worthy cause. Organized as a fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the event was locally sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC).

The Imagination Library program, inspired by Dolly Parton’s vision to promote early childhood literacy, delivers free, high-quality books to children aged 0-5 throughout Southeast Alaska and the United States at large. Founded in 1995, the initiative aims to foster a love of reading and ensure that every child has access to books, regardless of their family’s income.

Participants in the Dolly Dash were encouraged to showcase their Dolly Parton enthusiasm by dressing up in wigs, pearls, shirts, or full-blown costumes inspired by the iconic country music star. The event drew families, children, and avid racers alike, all coming together for a good cause while celebrating their favorite country legend.

The Southeast Alaska AEYC, which has been serving early educators, families, and community members since 1982, organized the event, which proved to be a great success. With laughter, smiles, and a shared passion for education, participants crossed the finish line knowing that their efforts would help bring the magic of books to children across the region.