SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil raised $20,000 for adults and children in Vermont affected by neuromuscular diseases at the 20th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Golf Tournament.  A record 136 golfers participated in the tournament at Vermont National Country Club on July 29, 2013. Miss Vermont, Sarah Westbrook, also joined in the event.

"Every year, we plan this event to bring people together and raise money for this inspirational cause," said Roseanne Depot of Champlain Oil. "For twenty years, we have been able to provide much needed support for nearby Fletcher Allen Hospital, which organizes clinics for those who suffer from muscular dystrophy and helps promote awareness in the local community. The support of event partners and sponsors, along with the residents who come out to participate and donate each year, is a reminder that people can truly incite hope by coming together."

The proceeds will go toward the aid and well-being of families affected by neuromuscular diseases across Vermont. The CITGO-Champlain Oil golf tournament has helped provide those families with access to MDA clinics, follow-up care and support groups since 1993.

"This golf tournament has been a privilege to organize during my time with Champlain Oil. I have watched the event grow into something great. It has made me so proud to see the community, Miss Vermont, and our dedicated partners like CITGO join us to reach new goals," said Depot. "CITGO is honored to partner with Champlain Oil in this outstanding effort every year," said Alan Flagg, general manager light oils marketing for CITGO. "We are so appreciative of Champlain Oil owners Tony and Bryan Cairns, and their relentless effort to raise money to help so many Vermont families."

Champlain Oil, a Vermont family business for more than 65 years, has grown into one of the largest, independent gasoline, diesel and kerosene distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, go to www.champlainoil.com.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Vermont own and operate approximately 65 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including South Burlington. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

CITGO is the largest corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, having raised more than $160 million since 1986. CITGO employees regularly participate in MDA fundraising events and are joined by the network of nearly 6,000 locally owned CITGO locations that raise money through programs like Shamrock sales and golf tournaments.

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 Petroleos 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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