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Luke Bryan wins first American Country Award of the night

December 11, 2013 |

Luke Bryan lassoed the first win of the night at the fourth annual American Country Awards on Tuesday night, beating out country heavyweights such as Blake Shelton to be named male artist of the year, and later, artist of the year.But the "Voice" coach wasn’t left out for long.




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Pledge to Help Semper Fi Fund Doubles To $2MM

December 11, 2013 |

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 9, 2013) –The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is raising the stakes in order to help even more injured or critically ill military service personnel by doubling the matching fund limit from $ 1 million, up to $ 2 million to the Semper Fi Fund. This means donations through December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to another million. The initial charity drive in partnership with GoDaddy, has already reached its goal for $ 1 million in matching funds almost one month ahead of schedule.

The Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit organization set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Semper Fi Fund provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery, as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs.

GoDaddy Founder and Executive Chairman Bob Parsons honors veterans every year in his U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Salute and has long made it a priority to give back to those who have given so much.

“The most important things I have ever learned I learned from my Marine Corps brothers and through my service to this country,” said Parsons. “I learned that there is very little we can accomplish alone. By ourselves we are weak, but if there are enough of us and we work together we can move mountains. Together, we have the opportunity to give hope to critically injured veterans through our support of the Semper Fi Fund – something so simple, yet so important, not only in the treatment of an illness or injury but in everyday life.”

Anyone wishing to double their support for our wounded and critically ill heroes can visit the Semper Fi Fund’s dedicated donation page:SemperFiFund.org/Donate-GoDaddy for donation instructions. Additionally, GoDaddy customers who purchase products throughGoDaddy.com during this time period can elect to “Round Up for Charity” during checkout, selecting the Semper Fi Fund as the beneficiary. “Round Up for Charity” allows GoDaddy customers to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, effectively donating their spare change.

The matching campaign follows closely on the heels of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s recent gift of $ 1 million to the veteran non-profit. By participating in the matching campaign, GoDaddy and Semper Fi Fund donors have the opportunity to add another million to the foundation’s giving this year, bringing the foundation’s total contribution to the Semper Fi Fund to $ 4.6 million. GoDaddy, the Web’s largest platform for small businesses, and their customers have donated more than $ 1 million over the past two years.

“Bob and Renee’s announcement was the best holiday present we could have received,” said Semper Fi Fund CEO Karen Guenther. “Their selfless love for others exemplifies the meaning of ‘holiday spirit’ and Bob makes a pretty good Santa Claus!”

To find out more about the GoDaddy/The Bob & Renee Parsons Challenge, visit SemperFiFund.org/Donate-GoDaddy.

To find out more about The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, visit www.TBRPF.org.

To find out how GoDaddy can help grow your small business online, visit: www.GoDaddy.com.

 

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 non-profit 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 through the Hope for Haiti organization.

About Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Semper Fi Fund, and its program America’s Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, directing urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Semper Fi Fund has been working with wounded service members since 2004, offering assistance to lessen the burden for those who need it most. The Semper Fi Fund’s streamlined structure keeps overhead very low, 6%; they are also one of three veteran charities to receive an “A+” rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy, and a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator. The Semper Fi Fund has given more than 64,000 grants totaling more than $ 83 million to over 10,500 service members and their families.

For more information visit https://SemperFiFund.org/ and http://AmericasFund.org/

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Kari Amarosso, Sr. PR Specialist
480.505.8800 x4633
PR@GoDaddy.com or Google+

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‘Sound of Music’ Baroness, Eleanor Parker, dies at 91

December 10, 2013 |

Eleanor Parker, who received three best actress Academy Award nominations during her career and is perhaps best remembered for her role as the Baroness in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music," died on Monday at 91 in Palm Springs, Calif.




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Prescription drug that’s abused the most

December 10, 2013 |

Prescription drug that’s abused the most

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Misuse of these medications has risen dramatically across the US, and there’s one ingredient in particular that makes some more popular than others.Drug that can cause severe damage

Men’s Wearhouse founder breaks his silence on firing

December 10, 2013 |

Men’s Wearhouse founder breaks his silence on firing

George Zimmer opened the first Men’s Wearhouse back in 1973 and was the face of the company in TV commercials — until he was abruptly fired this summer. Now, he’s talking.Explosive claims he made about how he was treated