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    Valero Awards $466,000 to Community Groups

    Proceeds from Texas Open golf tournament benefit New Jersey organizations.

    NEW YORK -- A number of New Jersey groups helping at-risk and handicapped children benefited from Valero's annual Texas Open Gulf tournament, the proceeds of which go to organizations helping children.

    Urban Trekkers, a school for at-risk students in Camden, N.J., received $20,000, one of 29 grants totaling $466,000, according to a report by the Gloucester County Times.

    The school caught the attention of employees at Valero's Gloucester County operation in Greenwich Township. Valero employees decide what local charities will benefit from the refinery's part of the Texas Open proceeds, which were $8.5 million this year. The only universal criteria is that the money benefit children, especially those at risk and handicapped, the newspaper reported.

    Other beneficiaries of Valero's golf tournament include the Deptford Elks, which received a check for $8,000 to help fund Camp Moore in North Jersey; HollyDell School, which received $25,000 for its facilities in Pennsville and Washington townships for special needs children; and MatriArk at Seabrook House in Upper Deerfield Township, which was awarded $20,000 to purchase a van so children of mothers battling drug and alcohol dependencies can travel with them to run errands. The YMCA in Woodbury received $5,180 for healthy lifestyles programs for obese children.

    The funds Urban Trekkers received will go toward renovations of its permanent classrooms, the newspaper reported.

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