HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation has been awarded Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's 2018 Corporate Wildlife Stewardship award. This prestigious recognition honors the company's ongoing support for Tri-State through monetary donations and training partnerships. The award was presented at the organization's Benefit for the Birds celebration on November 9 at 6 p.m. at the Chase Center at the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jack McCrossin, Chris Newcomb and Mike Santee accept Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research’s 2018 Corporate Wildlife Stewardship Award on behalf of CITGO.

"We are truly honored to receive this award," said Rafael Gomez, CITGO vice president strategic shareholder relations, and government and public affairs. "Environmental support is a pillar of our corporate social responsibility program. Tri-State has been our partner in environmental protection for nearly 20 years and together we've made a real difference. We're proud to earn the recognition, but we couldn't have done it without organizations like Tri-State that work tirelessly to make our environment a better place to live."

Founded more than forty years ago, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is an internationally recognized and licensed nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization based out of Newark, Delaware. Its mission focuses on rehabilitating injured, orphaned and oiled native wild birds, with the goal of returning healthy birds to their natural environments. CITGO works with the organization to train personnel during worst case drills and for emergency response planning.

"We greatly appreciate the supporters like CITGO who make our work on behalf of native wildlife possible. This support ensures that we are trained, equipped, and ready to help wildlife in need at a moment's notice," said Lisa Smith, Tri-State's executive director.

Tri-State's annual Benefit for the Birds event raises money for rescue activities and celebrates dedicated corporate partners. This year's event – themed "Vintage Vegas" – raised money that will go toward funding and training the organization's 24/7 on-call oiled wildlife response team.

About Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, founded in 1976, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit based out of Newark, Delaware. The organization is centered on the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, and oiled native birds, with the goal of returning healthy birds to their natural environment. For more information, visit https://tristatebird.org.

About CITGO 
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the sixth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,200 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation 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.