Valero hosts Annual “Back to School Bash” for students in Houston’s Manchester Neighborhood
Activities, food, entertainment and free school supplies for students in Houston’s east end.
HOUSTON – Valero’s Houston Refinery hosted its’ third annual “Back to School Bash” at the Hartman Community Center in Houston’s east end Wednesday. Students from the Manchester neighborhood were treated to food, fun activities, a performance from one-of-a-kind illusionist Carter Blackburn, and free school supplies.
“We continue to see the value of supporting education in the communities where we operate,” said Robert Moore, Vice President of Refining, and General Manager at Valero Houston, “Valero is committed to making sure that the kids in Manchester start the year off right, and that they have what they need to be successful in school.”
Valero employees donated school supplies for over 125 students, and the company purchased brand new backpacks to provide for students in the area. The event also featured an appearance by “Vamonos” the Houston Police Department mounted patrol horse sponsored by Valero.
“Students in our area need to know that their community is behind them, “said Cynthia Vigil, President of the Manchester Civic Club, “Supporting their education from elementary school to college and beyond will help them improve their chances for success in the future.”
In addition to the Back to School Bash, Valero Volunteers have contributed over 10,000 hours to organizations in the Houston area, and the company has donated over $3.2 million in charitable giving over the last five years, including nearly $1.5 million in grants to children’s organizations through the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children.
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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 Valero Energy Partners LP, 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, the U.K. and Ireland. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.