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Valero Energy Foundation Distributes $2.2 Million to Local Children's Charities 
San Antonio, Texas 

Seventy-eight children’s charities in the San Antonio area on Friday were handed their share of $8 million as official beneficiaries of the 2010 Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic. Valero’s annual fundraising golf tournament – held in connection with the Valero Texas Open PGA TOUR event – benefits nonprofit children’s charities selected by Valero employees across the nation.

The San Antonio charities will split $2.2 million – an increase from the $2 million distributed in 2009. The overall $8 million was divided among children’s charities at all Valero refining and ethanol locations across the nation over the next several weeks.

“The needs of children continue to be an important part of Valero’s community involvement, and we are especially proud to support these organizations during difficult economic times,” said Bill Klesse, Valero’s Chairman and CEO. “The generosity of our business partners and the hard work of thousands of volunteers allow us to continue these efforts and help so many children.  We also thank Golf San Antonio for their tournament management and support.”

Once again, the Valero Texas Open is expected to be the top charitable fundraiser on the PGA TOUR this year.  Valero became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2002 and since has distributed $53.5 million to children’s charities with the help of nominations by its employees. Many of these employees devote hundreds of hours of volunteer time and serve on the boards of these nonprofits year-round. Their insight helps ensure these funds are delivered to the most worthy and effective charities in the areas where Valero employees live and work.  

“Our employees are our eyes and ears in the community, and we are thankful for their dedication,” Klesse said. “Without them, it would be difficult to reach as many organizations as we do.  These are partnerships built over time, and they are important to the children who need these agencies so much. We are honored to help them all.” 

The San Antonio-area children’s charities receiving gifts from the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic are:

1. Alamo Area Council - Boy Scouts of America
2. American Cancer Society Camp Discovery for Children
3. Any Baby Can
4. Arc of San Antonio
5. Arms of Hope
6. Autism Service Center
7. AVANCE-San Antonio
8. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
9. Blessed Sacrament Academy - Child Development Center
10. Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio
11. Boys & Girls Club Texas Hill Country
12. BoysTown of Texas
13. Boysville
14. Brighton
15. Carver Academy
16. Child Advocates of San Antonio
17. Children's Association for Maximum Potential
18. Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas
19. Children's Shelter
20. ChildSafe
21. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Foundation
22. Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society
23. City Kids Adventure
24. Clarity Child Guidance Center
25. Communities In Schools
26. Connections Individual & Family Services
27. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
28. Dare to Love / Rainbow Room
29. Daughters of Charity - Early Childhood Education Center
30. Down Syndrome Association
31. Easter Seals
32. Edgewood Family Network
33. Family Service Association
34. Family Violence Prevention Services
35. First Tee of San Antonio
36. Friends of Ronald McDonald House
37. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
38. Girls Incorporated of San Antonio
39. Greater San Antonio After-School All Stars
40. Greater San Antonio Fellowship of Christian Athletes
41. Healy-Murphy Center
42. House of Neighborly Service
43. JOVEN, Inc.
44. Junior Achievement
45. Kinetic Kids
46. Make A Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas
47. MDA Camp
48. Mended Little Hearts
49. Methodist Children’s Home
50. Mission Road Developmental Center
51. National MS Society Champ Camp
52. New Life Children's Treatment Center
53. Palmer Drug Abuse Program
54. Respite Care of San Antonio
55. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives
56. SA Education Fund SAISD Scholarship Fund
57. SA Family Endeavors
58. Salvation Army - Peacock Center
59. SAMM Ministries
60. Sam's Kids Student Foundation
61. San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
62. San Antonio Food Bank
63. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
64. San Antonio Youth Centers
65. Seton Home
66. Spina Bifida Association of Texas
67. St. Jude’s Children Hospital - Memphis
68. St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Bulverde
69. St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Emergency Shelter
70. St. Peter St. Joseph Children's Home
71. Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
72. Texas Foundation for Hope
73. Texas Lions League for Children (Texas Lions Camp)
74. UHSF- Janey Briscoe Children's Center
75. Urban Connection
76. Worthmore Academy Center for Learning Differences
77. YMCA of Greater San Antonio
78. Youth Orchestra of San Antonio


About Valero:
Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio with approximately 21,000 employees. The company owns or operates 15 refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.8 million barrels per day. Valero is also a leading ethanol producer with 10 ethanol plants in the Midwest with a combined capacity of 1.1 billion gallons per year, and is one of the nation’s largest retail operators with approximately 5,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar and Beacon brands.  Please visit for more information.

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