ORLAND PARK, Ill., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CITGO Petroleum Corporation Lemont Refinery teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the 17th Annual CITGO MDA Driving for a Cure Golf Scramble. On July 30, 2013, 360 CITGO employees, contractors, and sponsors hit the tees at Silver Lake Country Club and Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park. The tournament raised more than $270,000 to benefit the MDA and its muscular dystrophy advocacy, awareness, research, and support services for families in Illinois.

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"I've had the honor of working on the CITGO MDA golf event for 17 years and I am always impressed by the overwhelming generosity of all of our partners who continue to make it a success," said David Bors, Project Engineering Manager at the CITGO Lemont Refinery and Chairman of the event. "We can always count on them, regardless of economic conditions. The strength of their support is evident as we continue to set fundraising records almost every year.  In working with the MDA, we know that we are helping a first class nonprofit organization that is focused on supporting people and families afflicted with neuromuscular diseases, along with sponsoring research seeking the causes and effective treatment for these various conditions."  

This year's tournament broke fundraising records with a total of $270,000 raised, an increase of $20,000 from 2012. MDA Goodwill Ambassadors Nicholas and Michael Piunti and their family attended the event to show their appreciation to those golfers who participated.  The proceeds will stay in Illinois to provide services such as flu shots, medical equipment repairs, support groups, local clinics and a week-long summer camp for families in the Chicago-land area who are battling neuromuscular disease. In addition to the tournament, guests enjoyed a post-tournament awards banquet which included a steak dinner and a silent and live auction. The CITGO Lemont Refinery has been a proud sponsor of the Annual MDA Driving for a Cure Golf Scramble and, since its interception 17 years ago, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its activities in Illinois.

The CITGO Lemont Refinery employs more than 800 local residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. While Lemont refinery employees produce high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 6,000 locally owned CITGO stations across the country, they also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. For more information on the CITGO Lemont Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

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