CITGO Rallies to Support Jerry's Kids
May 4, 2009
HOUSTON (May 4, 2009) – In the current economy, many businesses are thinking twice about their support of charity and community programs for the sake of the bottom line. For the 739 employees at CITGO Petroleum’s headquarters, when it comes to supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the question of whether to give does not even cross their minds. For the past 23 years, CITGO, in alignment with the principles of social development of its shareholder,
The week-long program at the
“The entire CITGO family is deeply committed to MDA, and the Campaign Week events underline the enthusiasm we all have for the program,” said Jennifer Moos, brand development general manager with CITGO Petroleum. “We are proud to say that CITGO raised $102,000 for MDA through this year’s program, surpassing our goal of $100,000. This money, in addition to funds from year-long MDA fundraising efforts, will provide valuable support to the local MDA families in the
CITGO also was honored to host MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, nine-year-old Abbey Umali, who spoke to CITGO employees about the support MDA provides. Thanks to the generosity of the Houston Astros, Umali and her family were able to attend batting practice and meet Astros players before Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. She later cheered on the team with her family and representatives from CITGO and MDA. In addition to the CITGO employee raffle winner, Abbey even had the honor of throwing out a first pitch at the start of the game with Astros Manager Cecil Cooper assisting her to the mound.
“We are so thankful to CITGO and the Astros for everything they do for families like ours,” said Joel Umali, whose daughter has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and benefits from the extensive services and programs that MDA offers. “There are challenges that we face every day, but witnessing the support of CITGO employees first hand helps us keep a positive attitude.”
CITGO, in collaboration with its business partners, marketers, vendors, retailers and employees, is the largest corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, having raised more than $100 million over the past 23 years. CITGO employees, from the corporate, refining, terminal, and supply groups, regularly participate in MDA fundraising events. In addition, they are joined by the network of nearly 7,000 locally owned CITGO stations that raise money through programs such as annual holiday and St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock sales and golf tournaments.
“The effort that CITGO puts in to raising money and getting its entire community involved in MDA, from the corporate headquarters to the locally owned gas stations, is truly amazing,” said Chris Alvarez-Perry regional director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Houston Chapter. “This is the 23rd year of our partnership, and each year it gets better. The dedication of the entire CITGO family, along with the involvement of the Houston Astros players and staff, made this year’s MDA Campaign Week a success and brought joy to all those involved.”
For more information on MDA and the programs they undertake, visit www.MDA.org. For information on CITGO Petroleum Corporation and to find the locally owned CITGO station nearest you, visit www.CITGO.com.
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