A large donation was made to a Phoenix police charity on Wednesday by a Scottsdale internet tycoon.
The founder of GoDaddy, Bob Parsons, said the 100 Club of Arizona reminded him of the U.S. Marine Corps. “They have a low budget, and they’re able to do everything with almost nothing. I can tell you the 100 Club can stretch a buck,” Parsons said.
The police charity was given $3.6 million over three years. The donation was for new safety equipment and mental health and wellness services.
“The better (the officers) are, the happier they are, the more they know we’re behind them, the better the job they can do,” Parsons said.
He chose the charity to honor the Arizona officers who were recently killed in the line of duty.
“They help injured officers that are stepping into retirement to make the transition,” Parsons said. “They help acquire safety equipment when the budget of the jurisdictions just aren’t there.”
Law enforcement is grateful for the donation. Michael Meshirer, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, survived six gunshot wounds in an attack last year, and the 100 Club of Arizona helped him.
“Just like family, they asked what do we need, and it’s done,” he remembered. “We’ve been through a lot of counseling, a lot of surgeries. If it wasn’t for 100 Club and the generosity of people, it might have gone a different route.”
Angela Harrolle, the president of the 100 Club, commented on the donation: “Now, we have this incredible amount of funding,” she said. “We want to give it to you. We want to support you and your families for the journey. “Whatever it may be, we want to be there to stand beside you.”
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