CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Aug. 3, 2016 – For more than 50 years, Charlie’s Place Recovery Center, one of Texas’s largest nonprofit, residential drug and alcohol treatment centers, has helped thousands of people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction rebuild their lives. To further the center’s work helping patients overcome addiction, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is again sponsoring the Charlie’s Place “A Night in Vegas” fundraiser. Funds raised from this year’s event, which will be held August 20 at the American Bank Center, will go toward patient care.
“Thanks to ongoing support from CITGO, we’ve not only transformed a hotel into a comprehensive addiction recovery facility, but we’ve also transformed addicts’ lives,” said Amy Granberry, CEO of Charlie’s Place. “‘A Night in Vegas’ helps raise awareness of the challenges facing our patients, and the funds donated during this event go toward helping them overcome them.”
In addition to sponsoring “A Night in Vegas,” the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery has been a long-standing partner of Charlie’s Place, boosting the recovery center’s work through volunteer efforts. Since 2009, CITGO employees have donated more than 2,000 volunteer hours to the organization. This includes time spent moving Charlie’s Place to a larger facility, which allowed the recovery center to accommodate up to 2,200 patients every year. Partly in recognition of this work, the Texas Homeless Network named CITGO Corporate Partner of the Year.
“As a Charlie’s Place partner for 13 years, we’ve had the opportunity to see the remarkable difference it makes in the lives of the people it serves,” said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President and General Manager Art Klein. “Through our support of ‘A Night in Vegas,’ which always proves to be a wonderful evening, we are proud to help Charlie’s Place in its efforts to improve the lives of its patients and their families.”
“A Night in Vegas” – Charlie’s Place’s largest annual fundraiser – features Las Vegas-style acts and food from local restaurants. To purchase tickets for the benefit and to find additional information about sponsoring the event, visit www.charliesplaceonline.com.
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery has been an active corporate citizen of the Coastal Bend community for more than 80 years, supporting programs that improve people’s live such as local health initiatives. Outside of its work with Charlie’s Place, CITGO partners with numerous organizations, including March of Dimes, the Corpus Christi Muscular Dystrophy Association, the local American Heart Association, and the Corpus Christi NAACP Citywide Health Fair, among many others.
About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, which celebrated 80 years of operations in 2015, provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 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 5,500 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations across the country, Corpus Christi refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. In 2015 alone, CITGO employees in Corpus Christi volunteered more than 2,900 hours of their personal time to local and national charities. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees have provided more than 10,000 volunteer hours and approximately $3.3 in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 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. The 80th anniversary of the Corpus Christi Refinery last year was preceded by the 70th anniversary of the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery in 2014 and is being followed by the 90th anniversary of the CITGO Lemont Refinery in 2016, with CITGO facilities marking three significant milestones in three consecutive years. For more information on the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/corpus-christi.
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.