Heartland Chapter Vice President Brenda Slama accepts a $6,200 grant during the 2019 Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children.For the past four years, employees at the Valero Albert City Ethanol Plant in Iowa have been providing sweet treats for participants of Golf to X Out Fragile X, a popular annual summer fundraising event organized by the National Fragile X Foundation, Heartland Chapter – Iowa and South Dakota, held in Pocahontas, Iowa.

This year, two Valero employees—Kelly Davey and Travis DeLance—decided to take that support a step further and nominated the Heartland Chapter for a grant to benefit children in the Albert City area.

As it turns out, Heartland Chapter Co-Leader Brenda Slama had previously been instrumental in advocating for a sensory room at her son’s elementary school in Pocahontas. The sensory room supported not only her son Gus, who has Fragile X syndrome, but all special needs children. So, Brenda decided to submit the idea of a sensory room for other local area children’s schools and organizations.

Valero loved the idea and awarded the Heartland Chapter with a $6,200 grant during the 2019 Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children.

Brenda will be contacting schools in the area to create a sensory room wish list, and the Heartland Chapter will then make the necessary purchases—up to $1,000 per school—to create additional sensory rooms to benefit all area children.

Valero, its employees, and charitable organizations generated more than $55 million for worthy charities and causes through direct donations and fundraisers in 2018. Valero Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Valero Energy Corporation, provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, healthcare, and civic projects.

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