Corpus Christi, Texas – June 30, 2014 – The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by CITGO. The tournament benefits those afflicted with MDA by promoting awareness and research for neuromuscular disease as well as providing support services for families in the Coastal Bend.
“We are proud of our strong partnership with MDA Golf Tournament and are inspired by the generosity of our business partners who strive to make it successful. At CITGO, we understand that we operate as a privilege in the communities where we serve, not as a right. We also promote the spirit of volunteerism and encourage employees to take active roles in our communities," said Sonny Loudon, CITGO Vice-President and General Manager, Corpus Christi Refinery. This year's tournament broke fundraising records with a total of $160,000 raised, an increase of more than $40,000 from 2013.
The proceeds will stay in the Coastal Bend to provide services such as flu shots, medical equipment repairs, support groups, and local clinics to 170 local families as well as a week-long summer camp for kids ages 6 to 17 in the Corpus Christi area that are battling neuromuscular disease. In addition to the tournament, guests enjoyed a VIP reception prior to the event. The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery has been a proud sponsor of the MDA Golf Tournament and, since its interception 23 years ago, the event has raised more than $1 million for MDA.
CITGO employees, our Marketers and Retailers support MDA through a variety of special fundraising events such as golf and bowling tournaments, walk-a-thons and auctions. Our volunteer efforts and donations help MDA continue its research, comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. Together, we have supported MDA for over 27 years and have raised more than $160 million.
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $625 million per year in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. In addition to producing high quality fuels for its network of nearly 6,000 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations across the country, Corpus Christi refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community.
Over the last five years, CITGO and its employees have provided more than 13,000 volunteer hours and nearly $6 million dollars in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie’s Place, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives, such as the revitalization of the Gateway to Corpus Christi, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up.
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.
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