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HOUSTON -- For the past 23 years, CITGO and its shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Republic of Venezuela, have worked with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which provides support to families and research into the treatment of a wide range of neuromuscular diseases.
The 739 employees at CITGO Petroleum’s headquarters once again came together for the cause to raise more than $100,000 during its recent MDA Campaign Week. The weeklong program at the company’s Eldridge Parkway headquarters, which ran April 13-17, included daily fundraising activities and events for CITGO employees, including a bake sale, corporate garage sale, online auction and a raffle that featured the chance to throw out a first pitch at the Houston Astros’ game on April 17. Members of the Houston Astros visited CITGO employees and their families to show their support and encourage even more donations to MDA.
Employees also were encouraged to contribute money through payroll deductions , an effort that raised more than $74,000 this year, CITGO reported.
"The entire CITGO family is deeply committed to MDA, and the Campaign Week events underline the enthusiasm we all have for the program," Jennifer Moos, brand development general manager with CITGO Petroleum, said in a statement. "We are proud to say 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 Houston Gulf Coast region and help MDA's efforts across the country."
CITGO also hosted MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, 9-year-old Abbey Umali, who spoke to employees about the support MDA provides. Umali and her family were able to attend the Astros' batting practice and meet the players before the team's April 17 game against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the CITGO employee raffle winner, Abbey 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 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 firsthand helps us keep a positive attitude."
CITGO—in collaboration with its business partners, marketers, vendors, retailers and employees—is the largest corporate sponsor of MD, 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. 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.
CITGO is a refiner, transporter, and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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