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SAN ANTONIO -- Valero Energy Corp. recently raised nearly $1.35 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) through its Corner Store retail division's annual fundraising campaign.
During the campaign, customers made a donation to the MDA at the company's 949 company-operated stores in the nation, the company stated. Funds were raised through Valero's retail customers, who bought shamrocks for $1 each. Across the company's network, the amount raised per store averaged more than $1,400, according to Valero.
"We are very proud to once again donate more than a million dollars to MDA as part of our annual fundraising campaign," Gary Arthur, president of Valero's retail marketing division, said in a statement. "This campaign reflects the hard work and caring spirit of our employees, and also the generosity of our customers. This would not be possible without them."
All proceeds raised are donated to nonprofit MDA, a national voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases. The organization supports research to find cures and treatments, and also supports those diagnosed with the diseases by operating 225 clinics, providing funding for children's summer camp and conducting educational programs, according to the company.
Valero will present a check to the FDA during the organization's annual Labor Day telethon, the company stated. This year's campaign brings the total amount Valero has raised for MDA over the past 22 years to more than $11 million, Valero stated.