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SAN ANTONIO -- Valero Energy Corp. raised $1.39 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) through its Share the Shamrock Spirit campaign. During the program, customers could make a donation to MDA at any of the company's approximately 1,000 U.S. company-operated stores. The total raised in 2007 is nearly 3 percent more on a per-store basis than the previous year.
"We're proud to have had another successful MDA campaign, and to know we’re helping to make a difference in the lives of those fighting neuromuscular diseases," Gary Arthur, Valero's senior vice president of retail marketing, said in a written statement. "The amount raised in this campaign is truly a tribute to our hard-working and compassionate employees, and to our customers who give so generously. This would not be possible without them."
During the past 21 years, Valero's retail stores have raised more than $11 million for MDA.
All proceeds raised during the campaign were donated to MDA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing vital services and information to individuals affected by neuromuscular diseases. MDA also funds a summer camp for children battling these diseases and supports research aimed at finding cures and treatments.