The Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic together raised $9 million for children’s charities – matching the record total set by last year’s tournament events – organizers announced during a special event for local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at the headquarters of tournament title sponsor Valero Energy Corporation.
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 2,300 participants will play on Monday, April 23 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. Through its history, the Texas Open has raised $76 million for charities – $71.5 million of that since 2002, when Valero became the tournament’s title sponsor.
“We always have a lot of fun during tournament week, and we’re going to get to see some great golf this weekend, but for us, raising money for children’s charities is what the Valero Texas Open is all about,” said Valero Senior Vice President of Human Resources Mike Crownover, who is heading up Valero’s efforts in this year’s tournament. “We couldn’t raise these funds without the generosity of our sponsors and business partners, and we couldn’t put the tournament on at all without the efforts of the thousands of volunteers who are out every day, making sure everything goes smoothly.”
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.
“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Valero Texas Open’s 90th birthday than to give the gift of hope to children in San Antonio and other communities where Valero does business,” said Dean Lammert, Volunteer Chairman of Golf San Antonio. “Such a gift is possible because of the generous heart of Valero, its many business partners, and the fine organizations in San Antonio that support the tournament.”
This year’s tournament, which runs Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 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, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 22,000 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion gallons per year, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Approximately 6,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock and Beacon brands in the United States and the Caribbean; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.