The Parsons Foundation is making a multi-million dollar contribution to help men, women and children battling HIV/AIDS in Arizona. The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS announced a combined donation of $5 million from the founders of GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain names and new SSL Certificates. Parsons is now Go Daddy’s Executive Chairman, having stepped down as Go Daddy’s CEO last December. He’s also now CEO of Arizona’s largest motorcycle dealership.
$3.5 million goes to build the center and provide support for prevention, wellness, community outreach and testing programs. The other $1.5 million is part of an incentive donation. Renee and Bob are challenging and inspiring others to donate, by vowing to match other donations up to an additional $1.5 million. The money raised from the incentive donation will help with interior and exterior renovations that will include community spaces and an art gallery.
“Bob and I hope others will be inspired to help the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS,” Renee Parsons said. “This center is a first of its kind because it brings domestic violence counseling and other emotional support together with medical aid all under one roof. Patients at our new center are going to get some of the best care available anywhere in the U.S.”
More than 14,000 men, women and children have AIDS or are HIV infected in Arizona, a disease that impacts nearly 4 million people around the world.
The Parsons Foundation Center for Health, Education and Wellness is being created at 1101 N. Central Ave., in the building that formerly housed the Phoenix NBC TV affiliate, KPNX. The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and will include a comprehensive medical center, mental health counseling rooms, as well as classrooms where community-based health workshops and support groups will meet needs of men, women, youth and families.
“This full-service center is such a critical piece of our work – especially for those in our community who do not have access to integrated healthcare and educational support programs. Bob and Renee’s generous donation is so inspiring because it means the difference between opening soon and opening sometime next year,” said Carol Poore, President and CEO, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. “Five million dollars is more than we’ve ever received from a single donor … when Bob says they want to make a difference, he really means it.”
The Parsons Foundation donation was formally announced at the 17th Annual Night for Life Gala held Saturday. In addition to the Parsons’ $5 million donation, nearly $300,000 was raised at the event and will be used to cover the costs of day-to-day operations.