Local groups supporting children receive part of $1 million in grants – Port Arthur News

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Local groups supporting children receive part of $1 million in grants

Posted at 12:28 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022

PORT NECHES — Twelve youth-focused organizations have received portions of $1,000,000 in grants after a banner year for the Valero Benefit for Children golf tournament.

The annual tournament generated $22 million which was split among the multiple communities that Valero serves, including Jefferson County.

“Valero is proud to partner with the agencies we have with us today, and we know each of you are taking the right steps right now to positively impact children’s lives,” said Mark. Kobel, vice president and general manager of Valero, during a grant Thursday. reception at the Pompano Club in Port Neches. “We are lucky to be part of it, and it is our privilege to support your agencies that serve children here in the Golden Triangle. Where the rubber meets the road, you do all the work there and we’re just happy to support you.

Among the winners was the YMCA of Southeast Texas.

“To ensure that young people continue to be active, engaged and fulfilled members of society, the Y fosters their development – from birth to career, from programming to experience and sports,” said Carol Hebert, Public Affairs Manager. “The Benefit for Children grant they receive today will support the Y’s after-school program and summer day camp, as well as its outdoor adventure and recreation services.

Left to right: Lance Bradley and Jonathan Green of the Port Arthur Police Department receive a grant from Valero Vice President and General Manager Mark Skobel. (Monique Batson/The News)

The Port Arthur Blue Santa program received $50,000 to help provide holiday gifts to economically disadvantaged families.

The Bob Hope School, which begins teaching children stringed musical instruments starting with the violin in second grade and in fifth grade introduces them to other stringed instruments, received $100,000

Left to right: Bob Hope School CFO Elllen Messick, CEO Bobby Lopez, and Fund Developer Kelsey Borza accept a grant from Valero Vice President and General Manager Mark Skobel. (Monique Batson/The News)

“There are about 100 middle schoolers who are enrolled in the string program, but more could be enrolled if they had additional instruments,” Hebert said. “They also now have a mariachi band, and they need instruments to have a full band experience. So this Benefit for Children grant will be used to purchase nearly 100 instruments for their string, mariachi and band programs.

Valero Vice President and General Manager Mark Skobel presents a grant for the IEA to Imogene Chargois, center, and Regina Rogers. (Monique Batson/The News)

IEA — Inspire, Encourage, Achieve — received $50,000 to support educational programs and rehabilitation services for at-risk youth in Southeast Texas, Hebert said.

“A little plug, we need mentors for outreach,” Regina Rogers said. “We need a lot of role models. Thanks a lot.

And the Port Arthur Independent School District received $150,000 to spend on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

The 12 agencies that received grants are:

  • Sports adapted for children
  • Southeast Texas Baptist Hospital Foundation
  • Bob Hope School
  • Communities in schools
  • House Garth
  • EA
  • Make a wish
  • PAISD
  • Blue Santa PAPD Program
  • Sleep in heavenly peace
  • steady mind
  • YMCA of Southeast Texas

The business partners of the grant initiative were:

  • Echo
  • Construction Mason
  • Ohmstede
  • richard
  • Bastion

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