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    Valero Gives $375,000 to Children's Groups

    Employees nominate organizations to receive grants.

    BENICIA, Calif. -- Valero Corp. is supporting children's charities and organizations in Northern California with grants totaling $375,000, according to a report by Benicia Patch.

    The grants range in size from $5,000 to $30,000. Since Valero began giving the grants in 2001, the oil company has given $2.8 million to Bay Area groups, according to the local news site.

    Among the grant recipients are the Continentals of Omega Girls and Boys Clubs headquartered in Vallejo and Reach Out Benicia founder Earl Miller. Other community groups receiving grants include the Benicia Education Foundation, the Community Action Council and the Benicia Historical Museum, which received support for its children's history programs.

    Money for the grants is raised during the Benefit for Children Golf Classic, held the day after the Valero Texas Open Golf Tournament, the PGA event held in San Antonio.

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