PHOENIX, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — More than 10,000 bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts and music lovers gathered at the 6th Annual Bob’s Biker Blast on Saturday, November 4 for an epic party, and to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In addition to proceeds generated by the event, Bob Parsons announced that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation would chip in an extra donation to bring the day’s total funding to $500,000. Including this year’s event, Bob’s Biker Blast has contributed $2.2 million to the hospital’s Hope Fund over the past six years.
“We are incredibly grateful to Bob and Renee Parsons and their remarkable dedication to helping us provide the best quality care to the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “Their continued support, and seeing how the biker community rallies behind our patients, never ceases to blow us away.”
Hosted by American entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons, Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale (HDOS) and GO AZ Motorcycles, Bob’s Biker Blast celebrates the diversity within motorcycling and the positive impact bikers have on their community. The annual event began again this year with nearly 400 riders participating in the “I Ride for PCH” kick-off ride and culminated in a performance from 3 Doors Down.
“Bob’s Biker Blast is definitely a great time, but more importantly it’s about helping those in need,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “Renee and I believe that every child deserves access to outstanding medical care, regardless of the family’s financial situation, and that’s why we continue to rally our community in support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”
The Hope Fund makes it possible for the hospital to offer the very best care, medical specialists, cutting-edge technology and behavioral health services to families who are unable to pay. One of the key components of the Hope Fund is to bring medical services to homeless youth through the “Crews’n Healthmobile.” This mobile medical program remotely treats infants, children and youth through the age of 24 who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless.
“It’s heartbreaking when any child has to deal with a serious medical condition,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “It’s inspiring to see our community come together in support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s commitment to reach children with the least access to care, including those also facing homelessness, motivates us to do more.”
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what are often the darkest times of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. Driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, roots or economic status – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has exceeded $130 million in giving over the past five years.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education.
About Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale
Owned by Bob Parsons, Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale is the largest Harley dealership in North America. The 150,000 square-foot facility was designed to be a true entertainment space and includes a tattoo and piercing studio, wedding chapel and movie theater. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is a Top 50 Dealership as awarded by Powersports Business and Top 100 Dealer as awarded by Dealernews Magazine.
About GO AZ Motorcycles
Founded by Bob Parsons, GO AZ Motorcycles is passionate about motorcycles, the people who ride them and the community in which they ride. One of the largest motorsports dealerships in the country, GO AZ Motorcycles represents the best brands in the world – BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Triumph, Vespa, Ural and Aprilia. The dealership’s mission is to engage customers and the community in meaningful and long-lasting relationships by offering the best brands, employing well-trained and motivated sales and service staff. The dealership promotes safe and responsible riding and actively connects with, and gives back to, the community. GO AZ Motorcycles has locations in Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona