NORFOLK, Va., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer PAPCO, Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corporation raised nearly $70,000 during the 14th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Jersey Auction. Following a Norfolk Admirals' hockey game at Scope Arena on March 22, PAPCO, CITGO and the Admirals American Hockey League Team auctioned off players' jerseys to benefit the MDA's advocacy, awareness and research programs in Central and Southeastern Virginia.
"We're thrilled to have exceeded our fundraising goal for this year's auction," said PAPCO Director of Branded Fuels Steve Leisten. "The proceeds will support local MDA services, including sending children to MDA summer camps, promoting education and advocacy programs and trying to find a cure for neuromuscular diseases. The tremendous generosity shown by our community makes this all possible."
MDA Goodwill Ambassador Kyle Belgrade performed the auction's ceremonial puck drop, escorted by four Miss Virginia titleholders: Miss Chesterfield, Savannah Lane; Miss State Fair of Virginia, Courtney Garrett; Miss Greater Hampton Roads, Katie Pimblett; and Miss York County, Chrissy Ching. CITGO and its network of local Marketers like PAPCO have partnered with the Miss America Organization to raise awareness for issues around improving health, education and other social initiatives.
PAPCO is a leading petroleum solutions supplier in the eastern United States and markets refined fuels, lubricants, risk management products and fuel card fleet management programs to a broad customer base, including industrial, retail, marine, commercial transportation companies and federal, state and municipal government end users. PAPCO backs its value-added services with its secure fuel supply capabilities through proprietary fuel storage locations and supply agreements with an established network of refiners, pipelines, terminals and transportation providers that have been expanding since 1976. PAPCO leverages more than 30 years of experience in petroleum hedging and product trading to offer innovative price risk management solutions, allowing fuel users to better manage operating budgets and fuel cost.
As MDA's largest corporate sponsor, CITGO has raised more than $160 million since 1986 to help provide health care services for MDA families nationwide and to rally local communities to raise awareness and help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Local CITGO Marketers own and operate 270 CITGO locations in Virginia and are proud to support local organizations, including the MDA. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
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. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.