MUNDELEIN, Ill., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 22, CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketers Graham Enterprises, Inc. and Graham C-Stores Co. hosted the 24th Annual Tournament of Hope Golf Outing at the Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein, Ill. One hundred and eighty-five golfers raised more than $80,000 for the "Fueling the Minds of the Future" scholarship program, which will provide 40 high school seniors with $2,000 in scholarship funds.

"Every student in the United States deserves a chance to attend college. However, paying for higher education is a major source of anxiety for many students and their families," said Patrick Graham with Graham Enterprises. "That is why we support the 'Fueling the Minds of the Future' program. With events like the Tournament of Hope, we are able to help local students take one step closer to their dreams of attending a college or university."

The "Fueling the Minds of the Future" program is managed by Illinois-based Charitable Management Systems (CMS) Foundation, which helps programs and initiatives achieve their goals. The scholarship program has worked with Graham Enterprises and Graham C-Stores to help their local community members further their education.

"We believe in giving back to the communities in which we operate, since our customers give so much to us every day," said Michael Graham with Graham C-Stores. "We know how important education is, and we know how many smart and talented students there are in the Chicagoland area. We are pleased to be able to ease some of the burden for our neighbors by funding these scholarships."

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers in Illinois, like Graham Enterprises and Graham C-Stores, own and operate nearly 350 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including the Greater Chicago area. 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