DeKalb, Ill. – June 23, 2012 – This past week The CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT), the employee volunteer team at the Lemont Refinery, rallied together and participated in the 31st Annual Bike MS: Tour De Farms Event, hosted by the Greater Chicago-land Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bike MS is a national cycling series that was created by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in order to raise money and awareness towards the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Held at more than 100 locations across the country, hundreds and thousands of riders come out each summer to join the ride and fight the disease. 

The Chicago-land area race is a two-day event in which riders personally fundraise and choose to ride anywhere from 35 to 200 miles. This year’s participants began their journey at Northern Illinois University and continued along the back roads of the beautiful DeKalb countryside. The event had over 2,400 members, which was a record high for the organization’s impressive 31 years of operation.

Team CITGO had their largest team as well, fielding an astonishing 85 riders and volunteers. The CITGO Lemont Refinery has been a part of the Bike MS event for 15 years and this year the team was particularly successful, as they managed to raise proceeds of over $24,000.00. After the ride the event staff hosted an outdoor celebration where teams set up tents and got together to eat, drink, and relax together after a full two days of biking. For the fourth time in five years the CITGO team Tent Decorating Committee had the honor of winning the best tent award, as their Mardi Gras parade-style decorations proved to be a hit.

The CITGO Lemont Refinery employs more than 800 local residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. While Lemont refinery employees produce high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 6,500 locally owned CITGO stations across the country, they also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. For more information on the CITGO Lemont Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter, and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.


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