CCA and Valero Continue Partnership for Conservation
Valero sponsorship promotes CCA youth angler outreach and education program
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Coastal Conservation Association and Valero Energy Foundation have announced plans to continue their successful relationship to promote conservation ethics and education among young anglers through the award-winning CCA Rising Tide youth outreach and education program. The Rising Tide program was launched initially in 2007 with Valero’s support and the company this week announced that it will continue its sponsorship of the program through 2015.
“Since the 2007 launch of the Rising Tide Youth Program, more children than ever are participating in community projects, local and statewide tournaments and in the conservation of coastal resources,” said Pat Murray, president of CCA. “But, there is still work to do, and Valero’s generous sponsorship will allow us to continue focusing on the future of marine conservation through our youth programs.”
The Rising Tide program was recognized in 2009 by the Texas Outdoor Writers Association with the Special Project Conservation Award for its eye-catching newsletter, interactive web site, and conservation-oriented school lesson plans that identify conservation problems in the marine environment and inspire students to research and create solutions to solve them. More recently, the program has expanded its reach and forged a relationship with Fischer Productions and Ocearch to feature the global shark conservation work of Chris Fischer, star of the History Channel’s Shark Wranglers television series.
“Since its beginnings, Valero has committed to being a good corporate citizen and supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Sylvia Rodriguez, Executive Director, Valero Energy Foundation. “We’re proud to support organizations like Coastal Conservation Association that help improve the quality of life.”
“Together, CCA and Valero will continue to engage the imaginations of young people through this shared education program, and we will inspire them to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow,” said Murray.
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 22,000 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion gallons per year, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Approximately 6,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock and Beacon brands in the United States and the Caribbean; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.