WEST MEMPHIS, Ark., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market and CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined forces to raise more than $28,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). One hundred thirty-three people gathered at the Tunica National Golf Course on Sept. 9 for the 15th annual Flash Market CITGO Golf Classic.

"For 15 years, we have enjoyed being a part of this worthy cause," said Shane Patterson, president of Flash Market. "It's not only a fun event, but we enjoy participating in any activity where the community can come together to raise money to support local families. This money will be a great help to those in our area struggling to cope with neuromuscular disease."

Every year, the Golf Classic benefits Mid-South MDA, located in West Memphis, Ark., the hometown of Flash Market. The Mid-South MDA branch provides support for local clinics where MDA families can receive the highest quality medical treatment. The money raised at the tournament funds medical equipment for local clinics, helps keep support groups up and running and helps to send young children to an annual summer camp. These efforts allow those suffering from the disease to receive the treatment they need, while their families receive much-needed support.

"At CITGO, we hold MDA very close to our hearts and are excited when any of our Marketers choose to support such a wonderful cause," said Gustavo Velasquez, vice president of supply and marketing for CITGO. "With all the good they do for their community and specifically helping families cope with neuromuscular disease through Mid-South MDA, Flash Market is a great example for others to follow. They know how to fuel good."

CITGO is the largest corporate sponsor for MDA, raising more than $160 million over the last 27 years through the generosity of its employees and its network of Marketers and Retailers. The company is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its locally owned network. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Arkansas own and operate nearly 200 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including West Memphis. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO locations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

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.