Lake Charles, La., April 26, 2012—Team CITGO celebrated an unprecedented total of 3,000 volunteer hours with more than 200 people volunteering at nearly 30 events throughout 2011, at the W.A.V.E Celebration, Friday, April 13, at CITGO Park.

The W.A.V.E. (We Are Volunteer Employees) Celebration is the annual celebration and awards banquet for CITGO employees and family members who gave five or more hours of volunteer service for the year. During the ceremony, employees received awards based on the number of hours they served for the year. Also, Penny Miller with Contraband Days and Janice Ackley with American Heart Association thanked volunteers for their service and commended the volunteers for sacrificing their personal time to serve the community.

CITGO Government & Public Manager Dana Keel said Team CITGO volunteers have a lot to be proud of.

“As the CITGO mission states, our pride is in the strength of our people. Through thousands of volunteer work hours, our employees and their families and friends have touched many lives throughout the years,” Keel said.

Team CITGO is well-known in Southwest Louisiana for its commitment to the surrounding community. Team CITGO volunteers, recognized by their red Team CITGO shirts; give their time freely to volunteer for worthy causes and charitable organizations in SWLA. Listed are just a few of the other organizations Team CITGO impacted in 2011: Children’s Miracle Network, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Sulphur Care Help, Boys Village, Special Olympics, Literacy Council, American Cancer Society, The Rebuilding of Millennium Park, CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.





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.