Champion Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Off Support for Semper Fi Fund with The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.
GoDaddy Founder’s Charitable Foundation to Match Kerr’s LPGA Tour Winnings
PHOENIX, AZ (March 20, 2014) – When Cristie Kerr tees off today at the JTBC Founders Cup, she’ll be competing for much more than a trophy. Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match 100 percent of Kerr’s 2014 LPGA Tour winnings, dollar-for-dollar, as a donation to help injured and critically ill service members and their families. What’s more, Kerr will also be sporting the Semper Fi Fund logo on her bag throughout the 2014 season, raising awareness for the vital services Semper Fi Fund provides.
This initiative is one of many ways The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation gives back to service members. Recently, the Foundation funded the establishment of The Bob Parsons Veterans Center at the University of Baltimore; and, with contributions totaling over $5.3 million to date, their support of the Semper Fi Fund has helped countless men and women.
Kerr has throughout her career been an ardent supporter of various charitable efforts. Introduced to the Semper Fi Fund by Bob Parsons in 2013, Kerr, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, was eager to get involved having learned about the life-changing work Semper Fi Fund is doing to help injured and critically ill veterans and their families.
“We’re incredibly thankful to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and Cristie Kerr for their support,” said Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund founder and CEO. “We are strong believers in the idea of ‘recovery through sport’ – so what a fitting way to raise funds and support for our service members in need.”
“I have been blessed that my career as a professional golfer has now given me the opportunity to give back to two causes that are very close to my heart,” said LPGA star Cristie Kerr. “I started Birdies for Breast Cancer in 2003 after my mother was diagnosed with the disease to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and treatment. Ten years later, The Semper Fi Fund has given me the opportunity to help raise financial aid for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and in so doing, allow me to pay tribute to my father for his service to this country. I applaud the Semper Fi Fund and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation for the work they have done around the country and specifically here the Phoenix area, my home.”
“Our veterans, from each and every branch of our military, deserve to come home to a support system that reflects how much we appreciate and respect the sacrifice they have made for our country,” said Bob Parsons. “Through our partnership with Cristie I believe we will be able to help raise critical awareness and support for the great work Semper Fi Fund is doing each and every day for our country’s wounded warriors.”
“Bob and Renee continue to amaze us with their generosity, matched only by the size of their hearts,” Guenther continued. “And we are thrilled that they introduced us to Cristie, a gifted golfer, excellent partner and wonderful person. We will be watching and cheering her on to show our support!”
To watch Kerr play in support of Semper Fi Fund this year visit www.CristieKerrGolf.com/Eventsfor the 2014 LPGA Tour schedule.
For more information visit https://SemperFiFund.org/.