Texas City,  Texas – October 14, 2010 – Local children’s charities today received a total of $325,000 from employees of the Valero Texas City Refinery, who helped raise the funds through sponsorship of the 2010 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

“This year, Valero locations will proudly distribute funds to children’s charities throughout North America.  These are gifts meant to inspire our community agencies to continue their good work and Make Hope Happen for the many children they serve,” said Sal Viscontini, Vice President and General Manager of the Valero Texas City Refinery.  “For the agencies receiving support today, we want them to know how much we appreciate the work they do to improve children’s lives.  With an uncertain economy and continued financial pressure around our nation, it gives us great joy to support the children of the Texas City/Galveston County Area once again.

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 nominated and selected by Valero employees. The checks presented today, ranging in amounts from $10,000 to 31,000, will further the terrific work being done by agencies with a proven track record for children.

The 2010 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients are:
•    Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
•    Boys and Girls Harbor
•    Fatima Education Foundation
•    Gleanings From The Harvest
•    Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters
•    Kidz Harbor
•    Krause Children’s Treatment Center
•    LaMarque ISD Education Foundation
•    Stronger than Circumstance
•    Teen Heath Center
•    The Children’s  Center
•    The Salvation Army
•    Texas City ISD Foundation For the Future
•    Texas City Day Nursery
•    Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

“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 Mike Ciskowski, Valero’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and the company executive overseeing the 2010 Valero Texas Open.  “This is a true partnership among Valero employees, our sponsors and the PGA TOUR.  Together, we are able to Make Hope Happen in lasting, impactful ways.”

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