The Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic together raised $9 million for children’s charities, event organizers announced during a special event at the headquarters of tournament title sponsor Valero Energy Corporation for kids from local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Tournament organizers with Valero and Golf San Antonio said they were especially pleased that they were able to raise an unprecedented amount for children’s charities because needs have increased due to budget cuts and lingering economic difficulties. The fundraising total is likely to secure the Valero Texas Open’s spot among the top fundraising events on the PGA TOUR.
Funds are raised through sponsorships sold during the Valero Texas Open – which takes place Thursday through Sunday this week – and the Valero Benefit for Children Golf Classic – a golf tournament in which a record 2,200 participants will play on Monday, April 18 at 11 of San Antonio’s premier golf courses. Employees in locations where Valero has operations choose worthy children’s charities to receive the funds. Though its history, the Texas Open has raised $67 million for charities -- $62.5 million of that since 2002, when Valero became the tournament’s title sponsor.
“Raising this money for children’s charities wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and business partners, who have been very supportive over the years,” said Valero Executive Vice President and General Counsel Kim Bowers, who is heading 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.”
Golf San Antonio, which organizes the Valero Texas Open, raises charitable dollars through its pro-am golf tournaments, the Birdies for Charity program in which nonprofit organizations solicit pledges for every birdie made during tournament week, and the Chip In for Schools program, which allows schools to sell discounted tournament tickets and keep all the proceeds.
“At a time when the needs in San Antonio and other communities are increasing, the charitable mission of the Valero Texas Open has special significance,” said Tony Piazzi, President and CEO of Golf San Antonio. “We are grateful for the incredible support that our partner, Valero Energy Corporation, provides to the tournament and our community. And we are thrilled to be taking a leadership role among the many fine events that make up the PGA TOUR family.”
This year’s tournament, which runs Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 at the TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course, provides its players a chance to earn FedEx-Cup points. Tickets can be purchased through schools participating in the Chip In for Schools program (call 210-345-3818), or by going online at www.golfsanantonio.org. Those purchasing tickets directly from Golf San Antonio can select a participating school to receive the funds. Additionally, tickets can be purchased at area Valero Corner Stores or at the tournament gate. Children 12 and under and spectators with a valid military ID will receive free admission.
Valero Energy Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Its assets include 14 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.6 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.1 billion gallons per year, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Valero is also one of the 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. Based in San Antonio, Valero is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 20,000 employees. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.