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September 29, 2017

2017 Valero Texas Open’s Birdies For Charity® Distributes Over $2.3M

Over $2.356 Million in Charitable Contributions Distributed And One Lucky Donor Wins Ford Mustang

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The second-annual Birdies Breakfast of Champions took place Thursday, June 29 at Brick House Tavern. Representatives from over 138 organizations -- charities and program sponsors -- from San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi attended the event as funds raised through the eight month-long Birdies for Charity campaign were distributed to one-hundred-and-seven (107) participating agencies. More than $2.356M of this year’s $2.83M fundraising total was presented to a wide-variety of worthy causes.

The Birdies for Charity® campaign is a charitable initiative organized and supported by the Valero Texas Open, providing over 150 charity organizations throughout the greater San Antonio community and beyond with a fun and unique fundraising platform.

Individuals who made pledges or monetary contributions to Birdies for Charity had the chance to participate in one of several give-away contests provided by the Valero Texas Open.


Five (5) donors correctly guessed the exact number of birdies made during the Valero Texas Open – 1,975 birdies – a random draw amongst the five donors resulted in Les Barnes winning a Stay-and-Play Package at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and TPC San Antonio. Barnes made a contribution to the Birdies for Charity campaign in support of Northside Lions Charitable Foundation.


As has become a Birdies for Charity tradition, donors who attend at least one day of the Valero Texas Open (Thursday-Sunday) were entered into a grand prize drawing to win a two-year lease on a brand-new 2017 Ford Mustang courtesy of South Texas Ford Dealers.

At the conclusion of the Birdies Breakfast of Champions, representatives from South Texas Ford Dealers together with the Valero Texas Open surprised James White with the keys to his new Ford Mustang.

“I just can’t believe it! I have donated over the years through Birdies and never thought I’d win!” explained White, who made a contribution to the Fisher House Inc. through Birdies for Charity and attended the Valero Texas Open.

By winning the Donor Attendance contest, White also earned Fisher House Inc. an additional contribution of $20,000 from the Valero Texas Open.

Andrea Desbien representing Fisher House Inc. at the Breakfast of Champions was so moved by the surprise contribution awarded through this contest that she gave a big hug to James White.

“This means so much and will do great things for our organization,” said Desbien.

As participating Birdies for Charity organizations continue to finalize their annual collections in the weeks ahead, the remaining funds raised through the campaign will be distributed by the Valero Texas Open. Birdies for Charity, thanks to its corporate supporters, is able to deliver 100% of all funds raised to participating organizations.

Please visit to learn more about the Valero Texas Open and its Birdies for Charity program.

The next edition of the Valero Texas Open is scheduled to take place April 16-22, 2018 at TPC San Antonio.

Click to view pictures from the Breakfast of Champions.


Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.45 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (“U.S.”), Canada, and the United Kingdom (“U.K.”), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. In addition, Valero owns the 2 percent general partner interest and a majority limited partner interest in the Partnership, a midstream master limited partnership. Valero sells its products in both the wholesale rack and bulk markets, and approximately, 7,400 outlets carry Valero’s brand names in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and Ireland. Please visit for more information.


The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and 2018 champion Andrew Landry, to name a few.

Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The Valero Texas Open together with the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $12 million in 2018, the tournament has now contributed more than $138 million to hundreds of worthy charities.

2017 Valero Texas Open’s Birdies For Charity® Distributes Over $2.3M

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