“This is just one of several Valero locations that will proudly distribute funds to children’s charities throughout the United States this year. These gifts enable our community agencies to continue their good work for the many children they serve,” said Mark Phair, Vice President and General Manager of the Valero Wilmington Refinery. “We appreciate all that the Ronald McDonald House Charities does to improve children’s lives. It gives us great joy to be able to support the children and families of Long Beach and the local communities once again.”
Thanks to the overwhelming support of Valero’s business partners and sponsors, the Valero Texas Open raised a record $11 million to be distributed to children’s charities throughout the United States where Valero has operations. With this year’s result, Valero has raised more than $122 million since becoming title sponsor in 2002. The Valero Texas Open remains among the most charitable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Agencies selected to receive Benefit for Children dollars each year are nominated and selected by Valero employees. “Once again, the generosity of our sponsors and business partners has generated a record amount to be distributed to children’s charities in the areas where Valero does business,” said Gary Simmons, Valero Senior Vice President-Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization, who headed up Valero’s efforts in this year’s tournament. “And of course, the tournament itself couldn’t take place without the efforts of the thousands of volunteers who devote their time to making sure everything goes as planned.”
About Valero Energy Foundation:
Valero Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Valero Energy Corporation, is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where the company has major operations. The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, health care and civic projects. Annually, Valero, its employees, and the foundation collectively generate more than $41 million in charitable support for worthy charities through direct donations or fundraising. Additionally, Valero employees log more than 148,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of projects in these same communities. Through the overwhelming support of sponsors, the foundation raised $11 million in 2017 for children’s charities across the United States through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children. For a fourth consecutive time, Valero was named to the Civic 50 list by Points of Light as one of America’s most community-minded companies – the top energy company on the list.