The has announced a $5.25 million gift to the in support of the organization's efforts to serve the needs of at-risk children.
The single largest award ever made by the foundation and the largest gift ever received by the organization will help support the operation of twelve Boys & Girls Clubs in the metro region and fund construction of a new club in the Balsz School District, where nearly all children live at or below the poverty line and half come from broken homes. Named in recognition of the gift, the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch will enable children and teens to participate in educational and leadership programs and build healthy relationships with adults, and will house community meeting spaces and BGCMP's support offices.
The award includes a doubling of the foundation's initial $250,000 gift in support of a teen center, $1 million toward operation of the Phoenix clubs, and $4 million for the Parsons Branch. The Parsons signed the last year.
"I struggled a lot as a kid; I didn't do well in school, and as a teenager I couldn't quite figure out who I was, let alone who I was going to be," said Bob Parsons, the founder and executive chairman of Scottsdale-based . "It was in the Marine Corps that I learned the things that would make all the difference in my life. But I am certain, if I had access to the mentors, resources, and safe haven that the Boys & Girls Clubs offer, my turn-around would have come much sooner."