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Giving Back: Escrow.com Golf Tourney with Matching Funds from Go Daddy & the Parsons Foundation Raises $380,000 for Wounded Veterans

For the past three years Escrow.com and Hanna's Restaurant has staged an annual golf tournament in Southern California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. These funds provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

This year's tournament at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club was staged November 10th (which happens to be the Marine Corps birthday!) and the total proceeds have now been tallied. Escrow.com wound up cutting a $95,000 check to each fund - $190,000 total - and that is only half the story. Go Daddy and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matched every dollar raised - bringing the total to $380,000!

As many of your know, Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons is an ex-Marine and a long time contributor to veteran related causes. This 

year he and Renee's foundation are matching  anyone's donation to the Semper Fi fund dollar for dollar up to $5 million. If you want to donate between now and December 31, they will match your donation too.

With non-stop promotion from  Escrow.com and Hanna's Restaurant this year's Orange County Supports Our Troops Tournament (OCSOT is a 501(c)3 registered charity) attracted 233 players (with another 75 donors attending the tournament dinner) as well as some big time sponsors including FedEx, Cox, PepsiCo, Bank of America and others. 

Above: Among those standing out in the crowd at this year's tournament were (L to R): retired  Master Sergeant Davey Lind (Davey is a 20-year Marine veteran who lost both legs during his second deployment to Iraq in 2007 when his vehicle struck an IED), NHL hockey great Teemu Selanne, Escrow.com President Brandon Abbey and Golf Pro Rick Booth.

Below: Escrow.com's Jessica Schirner and Lisa Fikejs were on hand to welcome the more than 200 golfers who helped raise $360,000 for the Semper Fi Fund/America's Fund

This kind of support for our wounded veterans and their families is, of course, always good to hear about but with it coming in the Season of Giving, it seems especially timely right now. We hope everyone involved and all of our veterans have the happiest of holiday seasons and are richly blessed in the new year ahead.

(Posted December 16 2014) 


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