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    CITGO Breaks Jerry Lewis Telethon Record

    Contribution increases to $7 million, up 27 percent from last year.

    TULSA, Okla. -- The employees, branded marketers and business associates of CITGO Petroleum Corp presented a record-breaking $7 million contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Jerry's Kids on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon Monday in Los Angeles.

    CITGO's 2003 contribution represents a 27 percent increase over the 2002 contribution of $5.5 million. Also, the number of CITGO marketers who participated in this year's fund-raising efforts increased to 245 in 2003 from 189 in 2002.

    "CITGO is proud of our employees, branded marketers and business associates for their tremendous fund-raising efforts this year. Their hard work emphasizes their obvious commitment to helping people cope with these devastating neuromuscular diseases," said Luis Marin, CITGO's president and chief executive.

    Each year CITGO's top six fund-raising marketers from the previous year are invited to present their check at the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. This year's marketer representatives and their company's qualifying totals include:
    * Gene Fuller, Granite Capital Holdings, New York, $228,000
    * Jinger Duryea, C.N. Brown Co. Maine, $224,600
    * Barry Trilla, Texor Petroleum Co., Illinois, $214,000
    * Ron Ford, 4 Front Petroleum Co., Oklahoma, $160,000
    * Don Smith, Huron Smith Oil Co., Mississippi, $145,000
    * Roy Foutz, Petroleum Marketers Inc., Virginia, $100,000

    CITGO, a refiner and marketer with more than 13,000 branded convenience stores and gas stations, became a national sponsor of MDA in 1986. Over the life of the sponsorship, CITGO's marketers, employees and business associates have raised more than $57 million for MDA.

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