AURORA – The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the Valero Texas Open, like it did so many prominent events across the country, but it didn’t stop the tournament’s legacy of giving back.
Business partners, sponsors and individual donors of the tournament and related events including the Valero Benefit for Children still contributed more than $14 million in net proceeds for charitable organizations across the United States, including those in the Aurora area.
The Valero Aurora plant distributed $20,000 to local charities last month with funds raised through the Valero Energy Foundation and the 2020 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children.
“This is really positive news for our local nonprofit organizations, many of whom are facing challenges as a result of the pandemic,” said Brian Brinkman, plant manager of Valero Aurora. “We know how important it is to continue supporting these agencies and the work they do for the children in our community.”
The 2020 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients are:
• Boys & Girls Club of Northern Plains
• Brookings Backpack Project
• Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program
• Great After School Place
“We are blessed by our long-standing relationships with our tournament and Benefit for Children top sponsors,” said Joe Gorder, Valero chairman and chief executive officer. “We are stronger together.”