LEMONT, Ill. – July 23, 2019-- On June 25, CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Lemont Refinery held its 23rd annual Driving for a Cure Golf Outing. Teeing off at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., 424 golfers raised nearly $700,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to fund ground-breaking research, empower local families through services and send kids to MDA Summer Camp in Hudson, Ill.
“Once again, employees, contractors and supporters from the CITGO Lemont Refinery showed immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during the outing,” said MDA Executive Director Amanda Konopka. “We are so grateful for their generosity and support of individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.”
One new component this year was the go All in for MDA pink bracelet campaign. Prior to the start of the event, attendees could “go all in” by making a one-time $100 donation. In return, their pink bracelet gave them access to all of the course activities and hole contests.
According to Dennis Willig, CITGO Lemont Vice President and General Manager, the golf outing is a major event for the refinery that brings people together from across the company. “From the planning process to the closing dinner, this event is all of us---employees, contractors, partners--- working together to make a difference and support a very worthy cause,” said Willig.
About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For more than 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of approximately 5,000 independently and locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 with a major expansion, doubling the facility in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt.
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 3,500 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-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 4,900 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com
About the MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org