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    Valero Texas Open Benefits Children's Charities

    This year, employees selected a record 500 organizations to receive event funds.

    SAN ANTONIO -- The 2007 Valero Texas Open was once again the top charitable fundraiser on the PGA Tour, and as a result, more than 50 San Antonio-area children's charities have received a share of $1.5 million from the record-breaking $8 million generated during this year's Texas Open and the Valero Benefit for Children Golf Classic, the San Antonio Business Journal reported.

    Each year, as part of the tournament's fundraising efforts, employees at Valero’s headquarters and each of its facilities select children's charities in their areas to receive donations. This year, employees selected a record 500 charities to receive funds.

    "It's great to be recognized as the top fundraising event on the PGA Tour," said Joe Gorder, Valero's executive vice president of marketing and supply, who oversaw the tournament efforts this year. "But, what's really important is the fact that these donations will make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of children all across the country."

    In recognition of its record success, the PGA Tour Tournaments Association recently presented the Valero Texas Open with its Benefactor Award for raising the most money for charity among all of the tournaments on the 2007 Tour, the newspaper said.

    The local agencies sharing in the $1.5 million in donations provide a variety of services ranging from shelter for abused and abandoned children to educational and recreational programs for at-risk youths and health care for disadvantaged and/or disabled children. The list of recipients includes: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas; the Children's Shelter of San Antonio; Healy Murphy Center; Slam Dunk for Life; and the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, according to the report.

    The remaining funds raised from the golfing event will be distributed to children's charities throughout the other areas where Valero does business.

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