HOUSTON and SARASOTA, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2013 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer Mid-State Energy, Inc. recently recognized Sarasota Military Academy as one of the latest Fueling Good winners. The Florida non-profit received $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to carry out its mission of providing high school students the highest quality education by incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism and honor in a military environment. The prize will help Sarasota Military Academy provide transportation for students to events such as state music and academic competitions and the Junior Olympics.
“Our 850 students come from very diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, but it is our priority to make sure that every student has the same opportunities, regardless of personal resources,” said Riess Pellegrino, junior reserve officer training corps (JROTC) instructor at Sarasota Military Academy. “Thanks to CITGO and its Fueling Good Program, we can pay for the fuel we need to get our students to after-school educational development programs without the added financial burdens. I cannot overstate the impact that this donation will make for our students.”
Sarasota Military Academy is a public charter high school and part of the Sarasota County school system. The school blends normal school curriculum in a military environment to teach students discipline, leadership and patriotism. Sarasota Military Academy is also run in conjunction with the Army JROTC program.
“We are excited to join CITGO in supporting the students of Sarasota Military Academy. Their hard work and desire to build a successful future makes us proud,” said Ken Allen, president of Mid-State Energy,Inc. “We are eager to ensure that every student can take advantage of opportunities that are offered, both in the classroom and in extracurricular programs.”
Over the last four years, CITGO has donated more than a million miles of good to more than 200 local heroes and non-profit organizations through its Fueling Good program. In the latest campaign, an all-time record of more than 300,000 votes were cast to determine the 12 winning 501(c)(3) organizations. To learn more about the Fueling Good program and past program recipients, 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 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
For more information visit www.CITGO.com.