CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dec. 22, 2017 –The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery recently hosted its Annual Partner Appreciation Breakfast to recognize local organizations making a positive difference in the Coastal Bend region. The annual breakfast event, held at the Art Museum of South Texas, hosted guests from local industry; businesses; educational institutions, including Foy H. Moody High School, home of the CITGO Innovation Academy; and non-profit organizations, such as the United Way of the Coastal Bend and the Coastal Bend Food Bank. This year’s celebration was marked with more gratitude for our partners and more shared resolve from everyone in attendance to keep “fueling good” in our neighborhoods, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which showcased how much can be accomplished when organizations and businesses work together.
“CITGO donated 5,000 gallons of gasoline to the Rockport and Aransas Pass community to aid in recovery following Hurricane Harvey. That generous donation kept critical aid to area communities going strong,” said Cleo Rodrigues, Jr., President & CEO of the United Corpus Christi Chamber. “Then CITGO followed that donation with $500,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation to further assist those affected by the hurricane. Corpus Christi has an unbelievable partner in CITGO.”
The Partner Appreciation Breakfast is an opportunity to recognize area businesses, organizations, and leaders for their commitment to Corpus Christi, and an opportunity for CITGO to be part of their missions. Guests enjoyed breakfast by Hester’s Café and viewed a video of key community efforts and other important highlights from 2017.
“The Partner Appreciation Breakfast is a wonderful time to reflect on the events of the year, and to say thank you to those who shared in our accomplishments and those who helped lead the way,” said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Interim Vice President and General Manager Randy Flowers. “CITGO is committed to working with community partners to have a broader impact on the community; because when businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals create and cultivate partnerships that build up their people, it truly makes a city strong.”
About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery 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 5,300 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations in 29 States and the District of Columbia, Corpus Christi Refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. In 2016 alone, CITGO employees in Corpus Christi volunteered more than 1,800 hours of their personal time to local and national charities. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees have provided more than 11,000 volunteer hours and approximately $3.3 million 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. For more information on the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/corpus-christi.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, 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.