ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Dec. 21, 2015 – CITGO Marketers in Michigan recently participated in the Month of Mott fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, raising nearly $5,000 to support the hospital’s Buckle Up program, which provides car seats for children and educates parents on how to properly use them.
“According to Safe Kids Worldwide, nearly 3,000 children under the age of 19 died in motor vehicle accidents in 2013. To continue to address this and other vehicle safety statistics, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital strives to bring education and resources to both patients and the local communities where they are needed,” said Marie Snodgrass, Injury Prevention Program Lead for the Pediatric Trauma Program at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “The Month of Mott support from CITGO and its local Marketers and Retailers will allow us to continue our outreach efforts, providing free car seats to those in need along with the important education to help us ensure that every child is riding as safely as possible.”
Fundraising for the Month of Mott program took place at multiple Michigan CITGO gasoline stations where customers were encouraged to either purchase a $1 Mott Block or round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference.
"Helping parents keep their children safe is a great way to fuel good in the local community,” said Fadel Bazzi of Bazzi Oil & Gas. “Engaging with customers about this initiative during the Month of Mott truly allowed us to raise awareness about the importance of child safety and join CITGO in giving back to such an important cause.”
Along with Bazzi Oil & Gas, other CITGO Marketers who participated in this program during the Month of Mott included Empire Petroleum, Corrigan Oil, RKA Petroleum, Barrick Enterprises and Dandy Oil.
“For the past four years, CITGO partnered with the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and its Child Safety Unit to raise awareness of this important safety issue,” said Alan Flagg, CITGO Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing. “Our Marketers and Retailers rally around the Mott Buckle Up program to make a difference for families in their local communities, and we are happy to see that our customers feel the same.”
To get involved with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, visit www.mottchildren.org. For more about how CITGO and its Marketers and Retailers are giving back to their local communities, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital pediatric trauma center is designated a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, certifying our ability to provide the best care for the most severely injured children 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more at www.mottchildren.org.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact generated by CITGO in local communities and classrooms, 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 CITGO Holding, 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.