SAN ANTONIO, April 17, 2012 - 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. Though 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."
About the Valero Texas Open:
The Valero Texas Open is the 5th oldest tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city; making San Antonio the oldest host city on TOUR. Eight different golf courses in San Antonio have hosted the Texas Open; including Ft. Sam Houston, which is the only military base golf course host a PGA TOUR event. During its history, the Texas Open has had four title sponsors: HEB (1990-1993); USAA Real Estate Company (1995-1997), Westin Hotels & Resorts (1998-2000); and its current and longest running partner, Valero Energy Corporation, which started its sponsorship in 2002 and recently extended it to 2018.
Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr., Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Corey Pavin, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott, to name a few.
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.