Team CITGO Recognized During National Volunteer Week

4,624 Hours of Community Service in 2015

Lake Charles, La., April 19, 2016 – Team CITGO recently celebrated 4,624 volunteer hours with 376 people volunteering at 40 events throughout 2015, at the annual WAVE Celebration at CITGO Park.

The WAVE – “We Are Volunteer Employees” celebration is the annual awards banquet for CITGO employees and friends and family members who gave five or more hours of volunteer service for the year. During the special event, which took place during National Volunteer Week, Team CITGO volunteers received awards based on the number of hours they served for the year. This year’s theme was “Krewe de Volontaires” and the top volunteer, CITGO employee Pat Bergeaux, was recognized for 88 hours of service.

Team CITGO, which celebrates its 29th anniversary this year is well-known in Southwest Louisiana for its impact on the local community. Team CITGO volunteers, recognized by their red Team CITGO shirts; make it a priority to give their time freely to volunteer for worthy causes and charitable organizations year-round.

CITGO Vice President and General Manager, Lake Charles Refinery, Tomeu Vadell said it is a privilege to honor Team CITGO volunteers for their service to the Southwest Louisiana community. “Throughout the generations, Team CITGO volunteers remain constant in their service to our community. It is because of their outstanding commitment to volunteerism that CITGO is able to support so many meaningful events throughout the years.”

Patricia Prudhomme, Director of Banners at McNeese State University and volunteer with the American Cancer Society, attended the WAVE to thank Team CITGO volunteers for their support in helping ACS put on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. “The life-saving mission of American Cancer Society would not be possible without every single volunteer we have around the world – and right here in Southwest Louisiana. It is an extra special honor to celebrate with the amazing group of volunteers through Team CITGO.

Listed are just a few of the other organizations Team CITGO impacts: Banners, Children’s Miracle Network, Sulphur Care Help, Boys Village, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, Lake Charles Symphony, Literacy Council, American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement.



Patricia Prudhomme, Director of Banners at McNeese State University and volunteer with the American Cancer Society speaking at the WAVE.

2015 Team CITGO Board members at the WAVE: Tammy Spell, President; Missy Amidon, Company Liaison, Candy Little, Treasurer; Dianne LeFrere, Secretary; Gerald Bates, Retiree Representative; Chellie LaBove, Vice-President; Tina Hudson, Activities Coordinator; JoAnn Andrepont, Information Coordinator and Joe Bilbo.




Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager






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