Boys & Girls Club gets hefty unexpected gift

PARSONS

PARSONS

By Riley Manning

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The founder and executive chairman of web-hosting service GoDaddy has announced he will provide funds to remodel three Boys & Girls Club facilities in North Mississippi.

On top of that, Bob Parsons pledged to donate an additional $100,000 to the clubs.

“We knew about the renovations, but didn’t expect more donations at all,” said Evie Boyd, director of marketing and special events for North Mississippi’s Boys and Girls Clubs. “It’s just (Parsons’) way of giving back to North Mississippi.”

The area drew Parsons’ attention in November, when the Arizona-based businessman bought Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson dealership in Southaven.

Parsons also owns two other motorcycle dealerships in Arizona, and holds a passion for power sports, according to a press release.

On Saturday, Southern Thunder assembled the biker community for an all-day fundraiser, featuring music, food, and vendors, proceeds from which went to the clubs, Boyd said.

“We don’t have a timeline for the renovations, and what to do with the extra donations will be determined by our board of directors in the coming weeks,” Boyd said.

Among the five clubhouses in North Mississippi, the Boys and Girls Club serves over 300 students during the school year, and more than 600 in the summer. Boyd said the clubs run on donations and a small amount of grant money.

The extra money from Parsons, she said, would go a long way in covering the clubs’ operating expenses.

riley.manning@journalinc.com