Valero raises over $125K for St. John United Way during fishing tournament

Published 12:07 am Saturday, June 11, 2022

NORCO — Valero St. Charles Refinery held its first-ever “Cast It Forward” Fishing Tournament benefitting the St. John United Way on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 in Grand Isle, which raised over $125,000. More than 200 people participated in this first-time event.

“We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support we received from our business partners to make this event happen,” said Jerry Stumbo, vice president and general manager at Valero’s St. Charles refinery.  “Most of us in South Louisiana enjoy fishing and the outdoors. I can’t think of a better way to raise charitable funding than by spending time doing what we love.  And I can’t think of a better organization to donate the funds to than United Way.”

The funds Valero raised from the event will go directly toward programs which serve St. John the Baptist Parish and the surrounding areas. These programs include Court-appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Dolly Parton Imagination Library (reading program) and Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center among others. United Way’s services include assistance for domestic violence survivors, counseling for disadvantaged residents, utility and rental assistance, food distribution and ramps for the elderly/disabled.

“Valero’s fishing tournament was a huge success in every way imaginable and it’s only the first year,” said Artis Williams, executive director of St. John United Way. “The team raised over $125,000 in funds that are being given to us at such a critical time, after the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. Thanks again to all those who participated.”

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