For almost a decade, your Blood & Tissue Center Foundation has received community support through the Valero Texas Open Birdies for Charity® fundraising program. Birdies for Charity® is a way to maximize your donation: Your annual board gift, donations to the Ruskin C. Norman Founders’ Circle, and 2019 Red and White Ball tickets, underwriting and sponsorships.
All of your donation goes to the Foundation, and each donation will be matched an additional 7 percent by the Valero Texas Open.
How do I donate?
Step 1: Complete your account set up
Step 2: Enter your Flat Donation amount and guess for the Guess the Birdies Contest.
Step 3: Select Pay Now-Charge or Pay Later-Invoice from the Payment Method dropdown and complete the remainder of the form. You will receive a confirmation of your commitment and/or payment. Once completed, hit Next for the confirmation page. Once you hit submit, you will receive a confirmation summary via e-mail.
If you have any questions, please contact The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, Clay Howell at (210) 731-5543 or via email.
Be sure to encourage your friends and family to attend the Valero Texas Open or take part in its events and challenges:
It’s the family-friendly Dash to the VTO 5k or 1-mile run/walk. If you know any runners, have them join our cause by registering under The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The top three organizations with the most participants can earn up to $3,000.
Anyone who donates through Birdies for Charity and attends the VTO race can stop by the donation stations, at both spectator and VIP entrances, and check in under The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation to enter a drawing. If drawn, the participant will earn a prize and her or his chosen charity will receive $20,000.
Valero Texas Open ticket holders are admitted for free to the 19th Hole Fiesta country concert.
What is Birdies for Charity?
Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program designed in 1997, to give participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. Birdies for Charity is a no-cost program that gives 100% of the funds raised back to the participating organization. Funds are generated by soliciting pledges from individuals and corporations. Donors also have the ability to make a one-time donation and flexibility to pay in advance or to be billed after the tournament. Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and are tax deductible.
What is a birdie?
In golf, “par” is the normal expected score on any given hole. Every one of the 18 holes on a golf course has its own “par” assigned to it. A “birdie” is one stroke under par for a hole, possibly derived from the term “It flew like a bird” to indicate a good shot. Ex. Par 5 on Hole 18 at TPC San Antonio, AT&T Oaks Course, a Birdie would be 4, an Eagle would be 3, and a Double Eagle would be 2 strokes (hits) to get the ball in from the tee box, onto the green and into the hole.
Guess the Birdies Contest
Correctly guess the number of birdies made during the Valero Texas Open and you could win a Stay-and-Play Package to JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country and TPC San Antonio. Birdies are counted at Mon., Wed., and Sat. Pro-Ams by amateur players and pros, as well as Thurs.-Sun. of tournament week by PGA TOUR players.