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Mentor and child working on art project - FAD Pumpkin Festival 2013

Parsons gives $25K to Free Arts for Abused Children

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Free Arts) a $250,000 grant to enhance existing programs. Providing services specifically to children who live in group homes, residential treatment centers, child crisis centers and domestic violence and homeless shelters, Free Arts relies heavily on the type of support provided by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to fulfill the organization’s mission of healing abused and homeless children through artistic expression.

“As demand for foster care placement continues to rise in Arizona, it’s wonderful to see caring people like Bob and Renee Parsons step in yet again to help support our community’s most at-risk children,” said Alicia Sutton Campbell, Executive Director for Free Arts. “Through the programs that Free Arts provides, children from homeless and abusive situations can experience healing with therapeutic arts and caring adult mentors.”

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has been an active supporter of Free Arts for several years and the most recent grant will allow the organization to expand programs and provide even more children with a positive outlet to channel their emotions and creatively express themselves. Free Arts provides a complex program, working to restore hope, build self-esteem and help children to grow emotionally. Programs include visual and performing arts, creative writing, theater camps, the Professional Artists Series and other artistic projects. The organization serves 32 partner agencies at more than 115 sites across Maricopa County.

“Working with Free Arts for the past few years, I have seen firsthand the enormous impact on children and the positive change these programs create,” said entrepreneur and businessman, Bob Parsons. “Free Arts is making a difference, and giving hope to children facing stresses in the home environment that are unbelievably difficult.”

“Art is an effective form of therapy. The work Free Arts is doing is changing and empowering vulnerable children, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with this inspiring organization,” said Renee Parsons.

The grant also helps increase awareness in the greater community of the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit. Free Arts will use grant dollars to educate the community about this unique tax program designed to support agencies working with foster children. Additionally, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, all tax credit donations made by first-time donors and returning donors who have not donated since December 31, 2012. To learn more, visit freeartsaz.org.


Parsons Foundation boosts Elevate Phoenix

Elevate Phoenix today announced a $58,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The Foundation’s grant will provide privately-funded need-based scholarship opportunities for DREAMers, who do not qualify for public scholarship assistance funds, to pursue a college education through Elevate Phoenix’s LIFT for Success Program.

“How we raise and teach our children will impact our entire community,” said Renee Parsons.

“DREAMers can’t change where they came from or how they got here, but they can certainly change where they are going,” entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons added. “By supporting these children we have the opportunity to give them hope that they too can achieve their American Dream.”

Elevate Phoenix, a unique teacher-mentor program, targets urban youth struggling with poverty, gangs, drugs, violence and dysfunction. By matching students with a dedicated adult role model, who is available to them 24/7, the organization is breaking down barriers and transforming futures. An accredited program, the non-profit provides character, life skills, leadership, and literacy education to 4,500 elementary and high school students in four Phoenix public schools. The program model, founded in 1982 in Denver, Colorado, has served more than 30,000 students and has a 90 percent graduation and 85 percent post-secondary school entry rate, significantly higher than the national average.

Elevate’s Lift for Success college readiness program was established in 2010 to support students’ transition from high school to college.  The program, which now has more than 100 participants, exposes Elevate graduates to the rigors of college by placing them in a high-touch college boot-camp program for the summer. In 2013, the collaborative venture with Gateway Community College, supported by Elevate mentors, had a 100 percent retention rate.

“Elevate Phoenix is a program that changes the lives of kids through the love and devotion of adults who care,” said Elevate Board Member and PGA Tour & Champions Tour Professional Tom Lehman.  “I have a passion for these kids, and understand what happens not only in their lives but in the lives of their families and their community when real mentoring takes place. If I have heard a student say it once, I’ve heard it 100 times over the last 3 years – that their ‘entire perspective on life has changed because of Elevate Phoenix.’”

To learn more about Elevate Phoenix, visi www.ElevatePhoenix.org.


Parsons Acquires Scottsdale-based Martz Agency

Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons today announced the acquisition of Martz Agency by MP Agency, L.L.C., an organization owned by Parsons. The award-winning Scottsdale based marketing and public relations firm, which will be renamed Martz Parsons, will bring creative firepower to Parsons’ growing portfolio of businesses.

Parsons has said that by looking at and structuring their marketing as a revenue generator that makes money rather than an expense item, businesses are able to not only bring attention to their brand but also increase their revenue streams. Parsons’ numerous Valley based entities, including Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Go AZ Motorcycles, Spooky Fast Parts & Engineering, YAM Properties, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and Scottsdale National Golf Club, will be using Martz Parsons as their agency of record. The agency will immediately add talent to keep pace with the growth.

Martz Agency, founded by Carrie Martz in 1980, is among the most highly regarded agencies in Arizona. Moving forward, Carrie Martz will assume the title of CEO and the agency will continue to serve its existing clients. Existing and future accounts, including Parsons personal enterprises, will be able to leverage the Agency’s unparalleled talent and newly expanded resources to further develop and empower their brands.

“I am thrilled that someone I consider to be a marketing genius has purchased the Agency,” said Carrie Martz.  “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our agency and for our clients. With Bob Parsons behind us, I believe our Agency will become even more value to the clients we serve.”

Bob Parsons, like Carrie Martz, is well-known for his intense focus on providing an excellent customer experience. Moving forward, clients can expect their accounts to be managed with the same level of personalized care that Martz Agency has delivered for the last 33 years.

“It’s no secret that I am passionate about marketing,” said Bob Parsons. “The formula is simple … great brands that deliver an uncontested customer experience thrive. Martz Agency brings years of experience, professionalism and enthusiasm to the table. Together, we should knock it out of the park.”

Martz Agency’s current client roster includes Yurbuds, Arizona Commerce Authority, Toronto based Pacific Links International, Valley of the Sun YMCA, Fennemore Craig, RLC Labs, One Neck, Mirabel, The Reef Residences at Atlantis, Estrella by Newland Communities, and Olympia Group.


Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation Offer Fundraising Challenge

Rarely does an opportunity arise for one family to help transform the lives of so many. That time is now as The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation  has teamed up with JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) to offer a $500,000 matching grant. The goal and challenge is for the community to match the Parsons and have a $1,000,000 Fund-A-Cure, which means one hundred percent of the million dollars goes directly to JDRF encapsulation research. The match represents a powerful way for JDRF to significantly speed progress in its research.

Beta cell encapsulation represents advances that could become the foundation for a new approach to treating and ultimately curing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Encapsulated cell therapy has the potential to virtually eliminate the relentless daily management burden for those living with T1D.

JDRF believes that the development of their Encapsulation Consortium will re-energize the field, spur innovation and continue advancements toward clinical testing.

“We like to say our foundation ‘deals in hope,’” said Bob Parsons, who, together with his wife Renee, founded The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. “We help organizations that can truly make a difference and JDRF’s cutting-edge research is going to have a significant impact with the work going on right now to cure Type 1 Diabetes. By matching contributions, we hope others will be inspired to step up and give just a little bit more.”

“We are so grateful for the generous support of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director. She adds, “This gift provides a significant leap forward in fulfilling our goal of raising $1 million in ONE night for research that will lead us to a cure for type 1 diabetes.”