“For years, the Benefit for Children Golf Classic has been giving back to the community, and we’re proud to be able to do so this year during a time of such need,” said Harry Wright, Jr., vice president and general manager of the Valero Three Rivers Refinery.
“Another reason this year is special is that because the tournament was held in the spring, we can deliver these checks to the agencies much earlier in the year than when the tournament was held in the fall. I know these donations will make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of children across the area.”
Thanks to the generosity of Valero’s business partners and sponsors, the Valero Texas Open remains one of the most charitable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. This year nationwide, Valero will distribute $8 million to children’s charities in the areas where it does business. Agencies selected to receive Benefit for Children dollars each year are recommended by Valero employees themselves.
The checks presented, ranged in amounts from $20,000 to $85,000. The donations will help agencies dedicated to enhancing children’s lives by providing a variety of services and programs such as scholarships for children with illnesses and disabilities to attend camp, new educational and recreational programs for at-risk youths, and resources for abused and neglected children.
The 2009 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients were: Live Oak County Child Welfare; Boys & Girls Clubs of Live Oak County; Boys & Girls Club of Beeville; and South Texas Children’s Home.
“Without the generosity of Valero’s many business partners and sponsors, Valero would not be able to provide this level of financial support for children’s charities,” said Rich Marcogliese, Valero’s executive vice president and chief operating officer and the company executive overseeing the 2009 Valero Texas Open.
“This is a true partnership among Valero employees, our sponsors and the PGA Tour. Together, we are able to achieve success both with the tournament and assisting those in need.”