Now, more than ever, staying safe and healthy is important. And so is support for the communities where we live and work.
In that spirit, and even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Valero Texas Open, donors and sponsors of the tourney through its associated Benefit for Children and Champions fore Charity efforts still contributed more than $14 million in net proceeds for charitable organizations throughout south Texas and across the United States.
“Although we couldn't celebrate crowning a champion this year, our commitment to our communities never wavered," said Eric Fisher, Valero Senior Vice President-Wholesale Marketing and International Commercial Operations, and the 2020 Valero Texas Open Executive Chair.
“None of this would be possible without so many incredibly generous groups," he said, “including Richard Industrial Group, The Stronghold Companies, EMCOR Industrial Services, B&E Resources, Universal Plant Services, Burns & McDonnell, Zachry and Bay Ltd., who despite the tournament's cancellation, continued to provide their support because they share in our mission of caring for communities coast to coast."
Given the urgency of need and enormous demand for social services in the areas where Valero operates, we will be expediting the distribution of Benefit for Children funding this year. The leadership in San Antonio and at the refineries and ethanol plants will be selecting the charities in their communities in order to provide immediate funds these organizations desperately need.
Champions fore Charity recently distributed funds to 149 charities and schools that participated in the 2020 fundraising campaign.
“We are blessed by our long-standing relationships with our tournament and Benefit for Children sponsors," said Joe Gorder, Valero Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This year's charitable contribution is evidence that we are stronger together."