Scranton, Pa. May 24, 2012 Local CITGO Marketer Santarelli & Sons Oil Company Inc. recently launched a ""Be A Star. Buy A Star."" fundraising campaign to benefit St. Joseph's Center. From May 18 through June 1, customers at the 14 local Santarelli & Sons CITGO locations can buy paper ""stars"" for one dollar, with all of the proceeds donated to St. Joseph’s Center during a special ceremony in June. The goal is to raise $1,000 during the two-week campaign.

""As part of the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton communities, we know the value of the great programs that St. Joseph’s Center provides,"" said Ken Santarelli of Santarelli & Sons. ""We are thrilled to be able to help them continue offering assistance to local families.""

St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton, Pa. was founded in 1888. It assists individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or developmental delays, pregnant women, young families, couples hoping to adopt and patients who require outpatient therapy.

""We know that Ken and the team at Santarelli & Sons have always helped people across our region,"" said Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Center. ""We are so appreciative of their efforts to help us provide more services to more families.""

Founded in 1975, Santarelli & Sons Oil Company is a family owned and operated business which sells automotive fuels and oils at its retail locations and has a fleet of delivery vehicles for home heating oil, fuel oil, diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene. For more information, please visit Santarelli & Sons on Facebook.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned retail locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Pennsylvania own and operate more than 270 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities through initiatives like ""Be A Star. Buy A Star."" For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations across the state, visit https://www.citgo.com/StateTheFacts/.

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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