|By Business Wire
|December 8, 2012 07:19 PM EST
Go Daddy’s end-of-year holiday parties have become legendary and 2012
was no exception. Last night, a few thousand Go Daddy employees and
their guests were wined and dined, entertained and awarded cash prizes
in honor of a record-breaking Go Daddy year.
Go Daddy, the world’s largest Web
host and domain
name provider, is the go-to choice for small
businesses looking to leverage the power of the Internet … but there
was nothing small about last night’s big bash at Phoenix’s Chase Field.
Together, Go Daddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation presented
the Semper Fi Fund with checks totaling $2 million to help injured
military veterans. It was the result of a matching fund drive the two
organizations first announced last month and illustrated how generosity
is still very much a part of the holiday season. The first $1 million
check came from generous donors, including Go Daddy customers, the
second million dollar check represented the matching funds. The Semper
Fi Fund is an organization that provides immediate financial support for
injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their
“Our Semper Fi Fund members are blessed to have the support of Go Daddy
and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation,” said the organization’s CEO,
President and Founder Karen Guenther. “Their matching fund program was
not something we expected. This money will definitely make a difference
with so many of our veterans.”
Renee Parsons, co-founder of the foundation, pointed out how quickly the
donations were delivered. “It's rewarding to see so many people come
forward to donate like this. Think about it, $1 million in about a month
from all different types of people ... it really shows what we can do
when we put our hearts into it.”
Go Daddy Cares, the company’s charity division, provided funding to more
than 60 charities in 2012, including Every Kid Counts, which drew gifts
from hundreds of Go Daddy employees at last night’s party.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to help others who need help,”
said Go Daddy Executive Chairman and Founder Bob Parsons. "We owe
everything to those who serve and have served our military, the Semper
Fi Fund is a very special organization, doing important work," Parsons,
a decorated war veteran who served in Vietnam, said. “At Go Daddy, we
like to share our success and we have fun doing it. As my little brother
always likes to remind me, ‘we’re not here for a long time … we’re here
for a good time!”
The party was definitely a “good time.” The iconic B-52’s rocked the
stage with all their marquee hits, including “Love Shack.” The party
opened with a remarkable impersonation of South Korean rapper Psy who,
along with a dancing troupe, set the stage for Bob Parsons’ dramatic
entrance. The man behind Go Daddy’s years’ long tradition of
over-the-top holiday parties gave employees more than $1 million
dollars, in thousand-dollar increments, in celebration of the company’s
successful year. Parsons drew random names with help from Go Daddy Girl
and NASCAR star Danica Patrick, and Go Daddy’s IndyCar star James
Hinchcliffe. All taxes on the prizes are paid by the company.
“This is how Go Daddy celebrates success, it’s the Go Daddy way,”
Parsons proclaimed. “Our employees work very hard to take good care of
our customers and we want to show our employees the same love and
appreciation they give our customers. Our party is actually very good
The tradition is tied to terrific results, giving Go Daddy much to
celebrate. In 2012, for a twelfth consecutive year, Go Daddy produced
double-digit sales growth. This year, Go Daddy generated nearly $1.3
billion in sales and is approaching 11 million customers worldwide. Also
this year, for the first time ever, Go Daddy ranked on Fortune
magazine’s Best Companies to Work For and Inc. magazine’s Hire
Power lists. And for a ninth consecutive year, Go Daddy appeared on both
the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest-Growing Companies and Valley’s Best Places to
“I feel so lucky to be a part of Go Daddy,” said employee Noah Plumb,
who leads the company’s social media team. “Not only is it a fast-moving
company, operating at the center of the hot space that is the Internet,
but it’s a company that cares about its employees and is recognized for
its culture and commitment. Plus, my wife and I got to hang out with
Danica Patrick and IndyCar star James ‘Hinch’ Hinchcliffe at the party –
how cool is that?!”
Danica shook hands and posed for photos, as she has done for each of the
six years Go Daddy has thrown its year-end party at Chase Field. “This
is a celebration unlike any company party I’ve ever been to, or heard
about,” Danica smiled. “Bob and his Go Daddy team know how to show their
colleagues a good time and I have a lot of respect for that level of
commitment. When you think about their dedication to customers,
employees and charities ... it tells you all you need to know about what
Go Daddy represents!”
The party centered on the “Inside / Out” theme, which was a nod to the
company's new marketing campaign representing the contrast between Go
Daddy's “outside” image for edgy commercials and its more realistic
“inside,” which is seriously committed to technology and helping
customers succeed online. In keeping with tradition, the party was
capped with fireworks out the open-air roof of Chase Field and free taxi
rides home for guests.
To learn more about how Go Daddy helps customers succeed on the
Internet, please visit www.GoDaddy.com.
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About Go Daddy
Go Daddy is the world's largest domain name provider, Web hosting provider
and new SSL certificate
provider, focused on helping small businesses grow larger. Go
Daddy provides dozens of cloud-based services and is the largest
worldwide mass-market hosting provider by annual revenue according to
Tier1 Research (Mass-Market Hosting Report-Winter 2011) and is the #1
provider of net-new SSL certificates for 2011, according to
the Netcraft, LTD Secure Server Survey. To learn more about the company,
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