More than 10,000 bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts and music lovers gathered at the 6th Annual Bob's Biker Blast on Saturday, Nov. 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 owner 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 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."