CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer Mid-State Petroleum are hosting a "Fueling Good Customer Appreciation" event on Aug. 27 that will feature Emily's Kids Foundation, a local non-profit organization that supports families with children battling cancer. From 3 to 5 p.m., customers can receive free fountain drinks and coffee at the Pop Shoppe CITGO, located at 4640 Old Pineville Road, and Emily's Kids Foundation will give away t-shirts to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.

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Local CITGO Marketer and Emily's Kids Foundation Board Member Tony Perez and Emily's Kids Foundation Founder Craig Field will also visit Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte to present families with children in the hospital $10 CITGO Gift Cards provided by the Foundation. CITGO Fueling Good Ambassadors Adam and Diego will also give stuffed animals to children receiving treatment.

"Each year to prepare for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Mid-State Petroleum visits local hospitals with Emily's Kids Foundation in hopes that we can offer these families a bit of support," said Tony Perez, president of Mid-State Petroleum. "We are very excited to visit Levine Children's Hospital with Adam and Diego this year to bring some cheer to the lives of these brave children."

Emily's Kids Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) dedicated to helping families of children who have cancer/blood diseases at the seven pediatric cancer treatment centers in North Carolina. For more information about the Foundation, visit

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned stations. CITGO branded Marketers and Retailers in North Carolina like Mid-State Petroleum own and operate nearly 500 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

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


SOURCE CITGO Petroleum Corporation