Sulphur, La. – Nov. 30, 2012 – The Second Annual CITGO Fire & Spice Chili Cook-Off, benefiting United Way of Southwest Louisiana, took place earlier this month at CITGO Park, where 15 cooking teams competed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Competition Chili, and raised $8,948. 

The Fire & Spice Chili Cook-Off was the finale´ event for the CITGO/United Way 2012 Employee Giving Campaign. This campaign season, including proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off, CITGO and its employees raised a grand total of $593,527 for United Way. 

Teams represented at the Chili Cook-Off included local industry and businesses throughout Southwest Louisiana. Also judged during the Chili Cook-Off were People’s Choice Chili, Best Team Costume and Best Table Decoration. Judges included elected officials, local celebrities and public figures. 

Chili Cook-Off Teams were represented by CITGO; Albemarle; Brand Energy Solutions; Business Health Partners; Chemical Waste Management; Drago Supply; GRACE Davison; Jeff Davis Bank; Performance Contractors, Inc.; Plant Performance Service (P2S); Praxair, Inc.; Ron Williams Construction, Inc.; Sage Environmental Consulting; Savoy Technical Services, Inc.; Turner Industries Group, L.L.C. and Westlake Chemical. 

Chili judges included, Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Sowela Technical Community College Chancellor; Bryan Bateman, Women & Children's Hospital Chief Executive Officer; John Bridges, KPLC Co-Host of 7News Sunrise; Chris Duncan, Mayor of Sulphur; Danny Dupre, Sulphur Fire Chief; Bill Hankins, West Cal Cam, CEO; Joan Hebert (Stevens), Southwest Daily News; Mark Herbert - Senator Mary Landrieu, Regional Manager; Jill Landry - Senator David Vitter, Southwest LA Regional Coordinator; Jon Manns, PPG Works Manager and United Way Chairman of the Board, Hal McMillin, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; Keith Murray, Lake Charles Fire Chief; Carol Ponthieux, Mayor of Iowa; Patricia Prebula, President of Prebula Public Relations, LLC and 2012 United Way Campaign Chair; and Randy Roach, Mayor of Lake Charles. 

Winners of the Chili Cook-Off are:

1st Place:                                             Brand Energy Solutions, LLC

2nd Place:                                            Albermarle

3rd Place and Best Costume:         Sage Environmental Consulting

People’s Choice Chili:                     Praxair, Inc.

Best Table Decoration:                    Chemical Waste Management


The CITGO/United Way Fire & Spice Chili Cook-Off is just one more example of how CITGO and its employees fuel good things in the communities we work in. Because of our generous employees, CITGO is able to benefit thousands of people in Southwest Louisiana and beyond through its annual United Way campaign.



Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager






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.