ERIE, Pa., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer Country Fair, Inc. and CITGO Petroleum have teamed up to support the eighth annual Roar on the Shore charitable bike rally hosted by the Manufacturer and Business Association. Taking place July 16-20 in Erie, Pa., Roar brings together more than 100,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the nation to experience the best of the Great Lakes region and give back to organizations in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The 2014 rally will benefit St. Patrick's Haven, a shelter for homeless men, sixty percent of whom are veterans. Since its inception in 2007, Roar has raised more than $500,000 for charitable organizations in Pennsylvania.
"As Sisters of St. Joseph, we strive to address the greatest needs of our neighbors," said Sister Mary Fromknecht, Director of St. Patrick's Haven. "With the funds raised at this year's rally, we will be able to continue offering shelter to men in the Erie area with more stability than we've ever had. Private donations have always been essential to our operation. We appreciate the generosity of the Roar participants from across the nation, as well as sponsors like Country Fair and CITGO."
Leading up to the rally in July, Country Fair and CITGO will raffle off 'VIP Event Passes' for customers to enter the Pre-Parade event, the Bike Parade and the Rocket 101 Beer Garden. All Country Fair locations in Erie County will be selling official Roar lighters and coffee mugs with proceeds benefitting St. Patrick's Haven. Roar attendees can also visit the Country Fair/CITGO booth to sign up for a CITGO Rewards® Credit Card and receive a $5 CITGO Gift Card.
The official rally events kick-off with pre-Roar Bike Night on July 16, followed by daily motorcycle raffles, vendor merchandise deals, free live entertainment and escorted scenic bike rides throughout Erie County, including the 'Roar Through History Ride & Raffle,' 'Thunder on the Isle: The Mayor's Ride' and the 'Roar to the Vineyards Poker Run.'
Throughout the four-day rally, Country Fair and CITGO will sponsor the main stage, which will host performances by local and regional talent of all music backgrounds, including iconic rock 'n' roll band John Kay & Steppenwolf boasting Pennsylvania's own Gary Link on the bass guitar, Van Halen tribute band Panama and AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds. The newly crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2014 Amanda Smith and state two local titleholders will be fueling good with CITGO and Country Fair on July 18 and 19, and will join in the crowning of Miss Roar on the Shore 2014-2015 on July 19.
"We know what a positive effect Roar has on the local community. We are excited to be a part of an event that brings so many different people to Erie," said Country Fair Advertising Manager Stacy Kline. "Our company was founded on the importance of philanthropy, and it's wonderful to return to our roots of giving back to our neighbors."
Country Fair, Inc. is a locally headquartered chain of convenience stores across three states. The stores are integral parts of the communities they serve. Country Fair employs more than 1,250 associates and was ranked 16 among the largest employers in Erie, Pa. in 2013. The company is committed to offering a wide variety of high quality products and services that meet its customers' convenience needs. Country Fair combines first-class facilities with excellent customer service to accomplish its mission, which is to satisfy "Every Customer, Every Time."
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Independent CITGO Marketers, such as Country Fair, Inc. own and operate nearly 300 CITGO locations in Pennsylvania and are proud to support their neighborhoods. To learn more about how CITGO and its Marketers and Retailers give back, 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.