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H-E-B Contributes Generous Donation to TSTC

Saturday, October 12, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

HEBAs part its celebration of 85 years of serving the border region, H-E-B made four donations of $8,500 to local non-profit groups, including Texas State Technical College, last week at the re-grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the H.E.B. store on Expressway 83 in Harlingen.

Director for Institutional Advancement Amy Lynch was on hand to receive the generous donation from the Texas business giant.

Lynch said the donation was a sign of the commitment that H.E.B. has made locally to the business and education sectors.

"H-E-B has been a contributor to TSTC Harlingen and our students in the past and continues each year to support the college's mission," Lynch said. "They are a shining example of how community businesses are making efforts to create educational opportunities and in turn economic growth."

TSTC's mission is to educate and prepare students to meet the workforce needs of the state of Texas.

"H-E-B has a long-standing commitment to education," said Linda Tovar, H-E-B Border Region Public Affairs Manager. "We are honored to donate $8,500 to TSTC to further its mission and help our Rio Grande Valley community further its education. H-E-B is proud to have served this community for the past 85 years and we look forward to serving this community for generations to come."

H-E-B donated a total of $34,000 to the four non-profit organizations. The other three non-profits that also received a donation for the same amount were the Harlingen Independent School District, the Harlingen Public Library and Loaves and Fishes.

Tovar said the company's entry into the Border Region is often credited as a turning point in its history. In 1928, with expansion focused on South Texas, H-E-B initially opened stores in six South Texas communities in one year, including Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, Mercedes, San Benito and Weslaco.

Tovar said that today H-E-B serves these communities and many more within the border region with a commitment to education, hunger prevention, disaster relief, diversity, volunteerism and the environment.

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