DETROIT, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation, along with local CITGO Marketers Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, came together to support the Eight Mile Boulevard Association's (8MBA) ninth annual golf outing, held Sept. 20 at the Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia, Mich. The event raises money to clean-up the area along Detroit's Eight Mile Boulevard.

"For the last 20 years, the 8MBA has helped to revitalize the Eight Mile Corridor and I am proud that CITGO chooses to support such a worthy cause," said Bob Barrick, president of Barrick Enterprises. "As a member of the Greater Detroit community, I hold 8MBA close to my heart and I am thrilled that so many members of the CITGO family, from Marketers to the corporate offices, choose to be a part of this event."

Each year, the golf outing not only helps to raise money to fund the ongoing projects and programs put in place by the 8MBA, but it also helps to raise awareness about the organization and get more people in the community involved. All proceeds from the golf outing are directly invested into 8MBA programs and projects, including the Facade Improvement Program and the Corridor Keeper™ Program, which assist in the revitalization of local businesses to help the area thrive.

"With nearly 6,000 locally owned businesses carrying the CITGO brand, we understand how important they are to their communities, especially in the Detroit area," said Gustavo Velasquez, vice president of supply and marketing with CITGO. "We fully support 8MBA and its work in assisting the more than 1,500 local businesses along this famous boulevard."

CITGO Marketers in the Detroit area, including Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, have supported 8MBA for many years, including participating in the organization's annual "Clean the D" event. CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of CITGO locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate nearly 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of CITGO locations, 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


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