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Reins of Hope, SYC receive large Valero contributions

Friday, November 9, 2012

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(Left to right) Denny Somers, Terry Richards and Marc Gustafson, with Special Youth Challenge Ministries, of Webb, accepted a donation in the amount of $4,000 from Pete Krull, Valero Renewables Albert City plant manager, as part of the company's Benefit for Children program.
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Five regional children's charities were presented $30,000 in funding, from proceeds generated through the 2012 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, conducted in San Antonio, Texas.

Each group earned a piece of the $30,000 total. Among those designated for funds, Reins of Hope, out of Spencer, and Special Youth Challenge Ministries, of Webb.

"Our ultimate goal is to have an arena," Stephanie Mesner, with Reins of Hope said.

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Jolene Hart, Stephanie Mesner, Lisa Johnson, Wendy Faber and Lynn Johnson, with Reins of Hope in Spencer, accepted a donation in the amount of $8,000 from Pete Krull, Valero Renewables Albert City plant manager (far left) as part of the company's Benefit for Children program.
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Reins of Hope received $8,000 from the Valero Renewables plant in Albert City during a ceremony Wednesday.

The program, run entirely by volunteers, will use the money initially for equipment needs, Mesner said.

Reins of Hope provides therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for special needs children.

Special Youth Challenge Ministries was awarded $4,000 Wednesday in Albert City. The 10-year-old 501c3 program helps introduce special needs children to outdoor activities.

"We will use the money to enable disabled kids, and special needs kids, to get out and enjoy God's great outdoors by hunting turkey and deer," Denny Somers, with SYC, explained.

Somers said the youth hunt deer in the fall and turkeys in the spring. The dollars will be used to purchase licenses for the participants and necessary equipment.

Other agencies receiving funding included: Upper Des Moines Opportunity offices in Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties; and Genesis, of Storm Lake.

"This is just one of several Valero locations that will proudly distribute funds to children's charities throughout North America this year. These gifts enable our community agencies to continue their good work for the many children they serve," Pete Krull, plant manager at the Albert City location, said. "We appreciate all that these agencies do to improve children's lives. With an uncertain economy and continued financial pressure around our nation, it gives us great joy to support the children of area communities once again."

Valero's business partners and sponsors help make the Valero Texas Open one of the most charitable tournaments on the PGA Tour. This year, Valero will distribute $9 million to children's charities in the areas where it does business, tying last year's record amount. Agencies selected to receive Benefit for Children dollars each year are nominated and selected by Valero employees.



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