Sheboygan, Wis. – May 23, 2012 –CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Quality State Oil are partnering with the Sheboygan A’s to kick off the team’s 50th summer season. The festivities will begin at Wildwood Park at noon on Saturday, May 26, prior to the opening game against the Manistee Saints. The family oriented pre-game events will include free baseball tickets for children, live music, raffles for CITGO Gift Cards and a special new book giveaway by the Mead Public Library.

 “As a community-based organization, the impact of the Sheboygan A’s stretches far beyond baseball,” said Scott Stangel, president of the Sheboygan Athletic Club and wholesale marketing manager for Quality State Oil. “And we are so pleased that CITGO, Quality State and the Mead Public Library could help us celebrate the Sheboygan A’s 50th year. Our organization is constantly working to give back to the community by giving kids an opportunity to grow, whether that is through sports or through reading programs or other activities.” 

 The May 26 celebration will include a performance by the Buffalo Joe Band and a traditional Wisconsin brat fry. From 1-4 p.m., the Mead Public Library will conduct registration for library cards and its summer library program, provide coloring stations and distribute up to 500 free books to children, 400 of which were donated by Bess the Book Bus. With each book donated, the Sheboygan A’s will also give away a free baseball ticket, redeemable at any game throughout the season.

 “The A’s have been a staple in our community for as long as I can remember,” said Karin Menzer, youth services manager at Mead Public Library. “We are thrilled to help them celebrate half a century of giving back to Sheboygan. There’s no better way to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and kick off the season than with family, baseball, great food and reading. We appreciate the support from the team, Quality State and CITGO.”

For 50 years, the Sheboygan Athletic Club has strived to instill character and responsibility in its athletes. The club also works to extend those values throughout the community by providing the residents of Sheboygan County with a fast-paced, inexpensive way for families to enjoy an evening together. The organization has an extensive history of community involvement and charity work throughout the area. In the past, the athletic club has teamed up with multiple organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society and local civic organizations in an effort to improve the lives of others. In addition, the athletic club has helped to nurture and develop young athletes through the Diamond Youth Baseball Program, which offers opportunities for athletes ages eight through 14.

Local CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin like Quality State own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support local organizations like the Sheboygan A’s. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations in your community, visit www.CITGO.com.

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.