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    CITGO, Mid-State Petroleum Raise Cash for MDA

    Donations will send 30 children in North Carolina to summer camp.

    HIGH POINT, N.C. -- CITGO Pop Shoppe stores across North Carolina and their supplier, Mid-State Petroleum, raised more than $27,000 recently to send more than 30 children with neuromuscular disease to a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) summer camp. This amount tops last year's fundraising total by more than $10,000, according to CITGO.

    "We have worked with MDA for 13 years and are deeply committed to supporting this wonderful charity," said Nelson Perez, president of High Point, N.C.-based Mid-State Petroleum. "We challenge ourselves and our customers each year to raise as much money as possible to improve the lives of many families across North Carolina living with these diseases."

    Ten CITGO Pop Shoppe convenience stores in North Carolina sold the MDA Shamrocks from Feb. 5 to March 31. CITGO Pop Shoppe employees helped inspire members of the local community to open their hearts and their wallets to make a difference in the lives of needy families. Two CITGO Pop Shoppe stores also organized raffles and other prize opportunities to raise additional donations. Each of these stores raised $6,500.

    "The money raised by the CITGO Pop Shoppe stores will stay within North Carolina to support local families and allow children with neuromuscular disease to enjoy activities such as summer camps, often for the first time in their lives," said Brittne Stevens, executive director with the Greensboro District of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "We are so grateful for the generous donation from the CITGO Pop Shoppe stores. Once again they have helped educate people in our community about the daily struggles faced by children and families touched by these diseases and inspired their neighbors to support MDA."

    Houston-based CITGO Petroleum and its parent, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is the largest corporate sponsor of MDA. CITGO and the Pop Shoppe stores are dedicated to serving their community and raising money to support MDA and other local charity and community programs, just like each of the nearly 500 locally owned CITGO stations in North Carolina and the nearly 6,500 CITGO stations across 27 states and the District of Columbia.

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