PHOENIX, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Nov. 5, more than 8,000 bikers, bike enthusiasts and music lovers converged on Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale to have a blast for a good cause during the 5th Annual Bob's Biker Blast. Event proceeds totaled $250,000, including a generous donation from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. In the past five years, Bob's Biker Blast has raised more than $1.7 million for the hospital and demonstrates the incredible generosity of the motorcycle community.
"I continue to be inspired by the support of Mr. and Mrs. Parsons and those who attend Bob's Biker Blast," said Craig McKnight, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Phoenix Children's. "The money raised not only helps us fund vital programs and services for our patients, but the outpouring of support from his companies and the biker community show true dedication to sick and injured children around the Valley. We are truly grateful for their support."
Bob's Biker Blast celebrates the diversity within motorcycling and the positive impact bikers have on their community. The event kicked off with about 500 bikers participating in a self-guided ride from Phoenix Children's to Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. That evening, the crowd enjoyed performances by popular country music artists Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler.
"Bob's Biker Blast is an off-the-charts celebration of music, motorcycles and our community," said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. "It's also about helping the good folks at Phoenix Children's Hospital, which Renee and I are proud to support. Thanks to the generosity of the local biker community, and all those who make this an outstanding event, we were able to do a lot of good, for a lot of kids, in a single day."
Citing the event's dedication to philanthropy and community support, the Governor of Arizona, along with the Mayors of Phoenix and Scottsdale, proclaimed November 5, 2016 to be "Bob's Biker Blast Day." The proclamations commemorate the 5th Annual Bob's Biker Blast hosted by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealership, and GOAZ Motorcycles.
About GO AZ Motorcycles & Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale
Founded and owned by Bob Parsons, GO AZ Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale and Spooky Fast Custom Finishing are passionate about motorcycles, the people who ride them and the community in which they ride. One of the largest motor sports dealerships in the country, GO AZ Motorcycles represents the best brands in the world – BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Triumph, Vespa, Ural and Aprilia. Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale offers the latest in bikes, parts, products and rentals. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona the dealerships' 14-acre campus also features a demonstration and training facility and the country's only advanced motorcycle simulators.
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti. tbrpf.org.
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. For more information about the hospital, visit www.phoenixchildrens.org.
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