Valero Gives $1.3 Million to Jerry's Kids

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Valero Gives $1.3 Million to Jerry's Kids

SAN ANTONIO -- During the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon in Las Vegas, Valero Energy Corp. pledged $1.3 million to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

"It’s part of our culture to give back to the community," Valero spokesman, Bill Day, told the San Antonio Express-News.

Day explained Valero primarily raised its contribution through its participation in the Shamrocks Against Dystrophy program in its 960 company-owned stores.

"The continued support of Valero and its stores brings us closer to treatments and cures, and sponsors vital MDA assistance like medical clinics and summer camp," MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis said in a statement. "Thanks to help like theirs, one day, hope will become reality for Jerry’s kids."

The 21.5-hour telethon drew roughly 40 million viewers and raised $65 million to support MDA programs to cure muscular dystrophy and related diseases through research, professional and public health education and other services, according to a statement from the MDA.

In total, the paper reported the convenience store industry contributed a total of $4 million this year to the MDA.