Valero Energy Corporation sign off 1604 on June 21, 2019.
Birdies for Charity, an annual fundraiser, raised over $6 million based on the number of birdies made during the Valero Texas Open. Credit: Stephanie Marquez / Rivard Report

The annual Birdies for Charity campaign, a fundraising effort of the Valero Texas Open in April, raised over $6 million for local charities, schools, and programs, tournament officials announced Thursday.

Birdies for Charity, a fundraising program started in 1997, gives participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. It is a no-cost program that gives 100 percent of the funds raised back to the participating organizations.

Participants solicit donations from individuals and corporations based on the total number of birdies made during the tournament.

By the start of tournament week this year, 230 organizations had registered to participate.

Tournament officials announced June 14 that this year’s fundraiser brought in nearly $6.4 million. The charities also received several financial incentives in the form of a 7 percent matching gift, which totaled $428,000.

This year’s biggest fundraisers were the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute Teleton USA ($445,020), followed by San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind ($398,000), and Respite Care of San Antonio ($300,421).

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is a journalist and writer in San Antonio, and a business reporter for The Rivard Report.