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    CITGO Supports Smithsonian Magazine's 6th Annual Museum Day

    Oil company will help provide free admission to more than 1,000 museums this Saturday.

    HOUSTON -- CITGO Petroleum Corp. and its network of local marketers and retailers are continuing their support and sponsorship of Smithsonian Magazine's 6th Annual Museum Day, which will take place this Saturday. Through the event, more than 1,000 participating museums and cultural institutions across the country will open their doors to visitors free of charge.

    "CITGO and our network of local marketers and retailers are committed to historical preservation, scientific advancement and cultural education in each of the local communities we serve," stated Gustavo Velasquez, vice president of supply and marketing for CITGO. "As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CITGO brand this year, we look back at the milestones and events that have helped shape who we are and the people we serve. The Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day is a great way for local families to join us in celebrating this rich history."

    More than 1,000 museums, galleries and historical sites will take part, including the network of 19 Smithsonian museums and its 168 affiliate museums. Other participating institutions include: Boston Children's Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Miami Zoo; and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

    To accesses a local attraction for free, visitors can simply go to the event's Web site at www.SmithsonianMag.com/MuseumDay, and print an admission ticket.

    "We know many families are looking for value these days. We are pleased to be able to give our customers a great way to make memories without having to spend a lot of money," Velasquez said.

    CITGO, based in Houston, 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 Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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