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Center to carry Patrick's name
Employees and guests weren't the only ones to get a boost from Go Daddy Group Inc.'s holiday party at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Go Daddy founder and CEO Bob Parsons announced that his Scottsdale, Ariz.-based domain name registrar would donate $500,000 to UMOM New Day Centers' capital campaign to build a wing onto its existing downtown Phoenix facility. The new wing will be called the Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Domestic Violence Center.

UMOM New Day Centers, which has served the community through a variety of programs geared toward the homeless and at-risk families since 1964, provides shelter, counseling and other resources to victims of domestic violence.

"We were very surprised; what a generous donation," said UMOM New Day Centers CEO Darlene Newsom, who noted the $23 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the facility. "I keep thinking how many lives will be impacted."

Patrick, who recently announced a two-year (plus option) deal to remain with Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series with primary sponsorship of the No. 7 entry from GoDaddy.com, said she was pleased to support the center's efforts to strengthen and empower women.

"We realize (domestic violence and its effects) it's a problem and it needs to be dealt with," Parsons said.

The company also donated $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, enabling the group to fund the dreams of 20 critically ill children.

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