MADISON, Wis., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Aug. 14, local CITGO Marketers Condon Oil Company, Frawley Oil Company and U.S. Oil, CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) teamed up for the second annual MDA Madison Muscle Team event at the Keva Sports Center in Middleton. The event, which raised more than $110,000 in support of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the MDA, drew more than 450 attendees, including special guest and National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff and nearly 25 local, state and national athletes.
"We welcome any opportunity to support our local MDA chapter," said Tom Reinsch, vice president of petroleum operations at Condon Oil. "We have participated in MDA Muscle Team events in the past and have also hosted golf and fishing tournaments to support the MDA. Helping those who suffer from neuromuscular diseases is important to our organization and we hope that our efforts will continue to spread awareness of these diseases that affect our community. We are grateful to CITGO, the MDA and all the athletes who attended the event for their ongoing partnership and we hope to continue this collaboration for years to come."
As part of the fundraising event, children living with neuromuscular diseases, the "MDA Buddies," were paired with athletes known as the "MVP Buddies," including Hall of Fame Inductee Ahman Green and former Green Bay football players William Henderson and Antonio Freeman. Attendees enjoyed an evening featuring live and silent auctions, food stations from local vendors, and live entertainment. In addition, the event included a children's art auction featuring artwork by some of the "MDA Buddies."
The annual MDA Madison Muscle Team event will benefit families in the area who are dealing with the challenges associated with muscular dystrophy. The funds raised will help send children in the area to the MDA summer camp in Kenosha County and directly support local clinics as well as care programs and research efforts.
"CITGO has been a top corporate sponsor of the MDA for many years," said Rafael Gomez, vice president of government and public affairs at CITGO. "We have invested significant resources because we understand how these neuromuscular diseases affect the loyal customers and community members where we do business. It is truly rewarding to give back to a cause so close to our hearts."
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat muscular dystrophy through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. CITGO is the largest corporate sponsor for MDA, raising more than $160 million over the past 27 years through its network of independent Marketers, employees and corporate contributions.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin, like Condon Oil Company, Frawley Oil Company and U.S. Oil, own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, 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.