Valero donates $250 thousand in donations to Southern Oklahoma charities
For nearly a decade, the Valero Ardmore Refinery has been in the driver’s seat of change by donating over $155 million to Southern Oklahoma charities that support children in need.
"Kids would fall through the cracks. We wouldn't be able to provide counseling free of charge," said Kathy Manning, executive director with the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma.
Twenty-three charities showed up Thursday afternoon to get a total of $250,000 in donations at the HFV Wilson Community Center in Ardmore.
Sara Jones with Valero said the money came from their annual Pro Golfers Association charity tournament in San Antonio.
Jones said each charity applies for the money by pitching for a project benefiting children under the age of 18.
"Usually the contributions are based on that. Based on what their need is and what their funding gaps may be,” said Jones.
The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma is one of those charities, and their portion of the money will go directly toward giving at-risk kids the resources to cope with and overcome domestic violence.
"They are able to have a better family unit and a healthy family unit with the knowledge and support,” said Deedee Hunter, victim advocate with the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma.
Jones said this year’s charity golf tournament brought in around $15 million.
"Which is a huge number, and then that number is distributed to our Valero operating sites," said Jones.
Jones said the Valero Texas Open is slated for April 2020, and that’s when another donation cycle will come ‘fuel’ circle. In fact, the PGA extended its contract with Valero as their title sponsor of the Valero Texas Open through 2028.
Jones said they plan to keep helping the kids as long as they can.