By: Valero

AURORA – Local children’s charities last week received a total of $35,000 from employees of the Valero Renewables-Aurora ethanol plant, who helped raise the funds through the Valero Energy Foundation and the company’s sponsorship of the 2018 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children in San Antonio.

“This is just one of several Valero locations that will proudly distribute funds to children’s charities throughout the United States this year,” said Brian Brinkman, plant manager of Valero Renewables-Aurora. “These gifts enable our community agencies to continue their good work for the many children they serve. We appreciate all that these agencies do to improve children’s lives. It gives us great joy to support the children of Aurora once again.”

Thanks to the overwhelming support of Valero’s business partners and sponsors, the Valero Texas Open raised a record $12 million to be distributed to charities throughout the United States where Valero has major operations. With this year’s result, the event has raised an all-time total of more than $138 million, making it one of the most charitable tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Valero has extended its contract with the PGA Tour as title sponsor of the Valero Texas Open another 10 years, through 2028. Agencies selected to receive Benefit for Children dollars each year are nominated and selected by Valero employees.

The 2018 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients are:

• Brookings Backpack Project

• Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

• Project Joy

• Ronald McDonald House of Charities of S.D.

“We are all fueled by giving and what our gifts mean to the hundreds of charities across the U.S. where Valero has major operations,” said Martin Parrish, Valero vice president-alternative fuels, who headed up Valero’s efforts in this year’s tournament. “All of this is possible because of the generous support of our sponsors, employees and volunteers who believe in the mission of helping people, especially children.”

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