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    ExxonMobil, Valero Give to Charity

    ExxonMobil Education Alliance awarded grants to area schools, and Valero presented checks to nearly 40 charitable organizations.

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- For the 11th consecutive year B-B-F Oil Co., its Exxon Family Stop convenience stores and independent dealers teamed with the ExxonMobil Education Alliance to award grants to schools in the areas they serve, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported.

    This year, the grants awarded to 11 school districts brought the total amount given to more than $71,000, according to the report.

    Among those receiving grants in the Pine Bluff area were Pine Bluff School District, The Townsend Park Elementary School, Watson Chapel's Edgewood Elementary School and White Hall School District.

    In Southeast Arkansas, Monticello High School and Sheridan High School both received grants.

    In other charitable news, Valero employees recently presented checks totaling $350,000 to nearly 40 charitable organizations, according to a report by television station KrisTV.com. The money was raised during the 2009 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, and a $25,000 check was given to Driscoll Children's Hospital for the expansion and renovation of its cancer treatment center.

    Driscoll spokeswoman, Martha St. Romain, said in the report the grant will be used to help decorate the center, to make it a bright, colorful space for their young patients.

    The Valero Texas Open is the most charitable tournament on the PGA Tour, with more than $8 million given to children's charities across the nation this year, all selected by Valero employees, KrisTV.com stated.

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