LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market, Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corporation have teamed up to support the first annual Lander's Harley-Davidson Ride for Life Poker Run which kicks off Sept. 6 in conjunction with the ninth annual Open Bike Rally in Hot Springs, Ark. The fundraising event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Central Arkansas and the poker run will bring motorcyclists together at different checkpoints as they travel across the state.

"We are a huge supporter of the MDA and are excited to sponsor the inaugural poker run event here in Arkansas," said Kevin Waller, operations manager at Flash Market. "In conjunction with CITGO, we are proud to be a part of a team that supports such a worthy cause. The bike ride is a fun way to get the community involved. We hope the success of the opening event will allow us to participate in more fundraising activities like this in the future."

Participating riders will meet at the Lander's Harley-Davidson located at 10210 Interstate 30 in Little Rock to begin their journey. During the weeklong poker run event, riders will travel from Hot Springs through Little Rock and Conway and make their final stop in Fort Smith. The proceeds raised during the rally through sponsorships and special events will support local clinics, care programs and support groups for children and adults in Central Arkansas who are coping with neuromuscular diseases. Some of the funds will also be used to send children from the area to the MDA summer camp.

For full rules and information for participants or sponsors, visit or contact Faith Gonzales, Director of Business Development at MDA, 501-227-7098.

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 Arkansas, like Flash Market, own and operate more than 180 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

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

SOURCE CITGO Petroleum Corporation