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02/04/2015
BESS THE BOOK BUS inspires students and staff at E.K. Key Elementary

BESS THE BOOK BUS inspires students and staff at E.K. Key Elementary

Sulphur, La, May 20, 2011– CITGO Petroleum Corporation is proud to continue its support of Tampa-based mobile literacy outreach, and past Fueling Good winner, Bess the Book Bus with a sponsorship of its “2011 Success in Sight Tour.” Bess the Book Bus will visit more than 44 states through the end of 2011 with a goal of reaching more than 20,000 underserved families and donating 100,000 new books to inspire young minds through the adventures that reading can bring.

Bess the Book Bus visited E.K. Key Elementary School Wednesday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students were read to and had the opportunity to tour this mobile library. CITGO also connected the Book Bus with the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter. The Shelter was recently selected as the grand prize winner in the national Fueling Good campaign, which is coordinated by CITGO Petroleum to recognize and reward local heroes in their communities across the country. Vice President and General Manager Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex Eduardo Assef said the Book Bus is a treat to the children of E.K. Key Elementary. “We are excited that Bess the Book Bus was able to come to Sulphur. Education is one of CITGO’s core values and we’re proud that one of our Partners in Education schools was able to benefit from this great service.”

Bess the Book Bus was founded in 2002 by Jennifer E. Frances as a way to promote literacy and provide needy children with access to brand new books in and around Tampa, Fla. From its humble beginnings, Jennifer has grown the program into one of the nation’s most innovative mobile literacy initiatives. Year round, Jennifer and volunteers take Bess the Book Bus directly to underserved communities to read to children and provide what for many youngsters is their first new book. Fueled by excited children, a desire to raise literacy levels, and high-quality CITGO fuel, Bess the Book Bus is traveling the United States, reaching out and inspiring children with books.

E.K. Key Elementary Principal Melanie Kellogg said the students were thrilled to pick out a book to take home with them from the Book Bus. “It was exciting for the teachers and principals to see the students going home at the end of the day with a book in their hands to show their parents. It was special to my students because this was an opportunity for them to have a book in their home that they can keep there and share with others,” she said.

The visit to Sulphur by Bess the Book Bus is one more example of how CITGO supports education both locally and at the national level. CITGO offers college and university scholarships each year, primarily in engineering, to deserving students at a number of institutions in different parts of the country. Also, Adopt-a-School/Partners in Education programs in local communities provide funds and volunteers, such as tutors, mentors and translators. CITGO Lake Charles is a Partner in Education to four local schools including E.K. Key Elementary, Calcasieu Career Center, Sulphur High School and Sulphur High School 9th Grade.

For updates on Bess the Book Bus’ 2011 Success in Sight Tour, including a travel diary and photos from reading events across the country, visit www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood or www.Bessthebookbus.org.

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 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For more information visit www.citgo.com


02/04/2015
CITGO E-Recycle Day: Sulphur goes Green

CITGO E-Recycle Day: Sulphur goes Green

Sulphur, La—May 14, 2011—CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex partnered with Waste Management and the City of Sulphur to host E-Recycle Day, Saturday, May 14, at Life Church where community members recycled their unwanted electronics or “E-waste.”

Each year thousands of computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones and other electronic devices are discarded. CITGO Environmental Protection Manager Phyllis Holifield said this E-waste should not be disposed of with regular garbage. She said many E-waste items contain valuable materials that can be recycled. She also said that some materials in E-Waste can be hazardous if not disposed of properly.

“Residents are really responding to our effort to keep Southwest Louisiana clean and free of potentially hazardous materials. We are excited that the first E-Recycle Day in Sulphur turned out so successfully. We’re glad to participate in assisting Southwest Louisiana in keeping our region clean and litter free.” Holifield said.

More than 200 vehicles lined up to drop-off E-waste at Life Church parking lot. Five roll-off boxes of E-waste, one18 wheeler of TVs, and various items containing mercury were properly recycled.

Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said E-Recycle Day was a success. “This is an excellent opportunity for the residents of the Western region of Calcasieu, Cameron and Beauregard Parishes to dispose of electronics which have been sitting in garages, closets and storage buildings.”

“I’d like to extend my gratitude to CITGO, Waste Management, and Life Church for sponsoring this event and encourage all residents to take advantage of this E-Recycle Day. Go Green!” he said.

This year is the third year that E-Recycle Day has been hosted by CITGO. It is the first time that the event took place in Sulphur. In previous years, E-Recycle Day was hosted at McNeese Stadium in Lake Charles. Future plans are to rotate the event between the two cities.

E-Recycle Day is one of many initiatives sponsored by CITGO as part of its commitment to the construction of a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. In alignment with the principle of solidarity endorsed by its shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, CITGO harmoniously blends business with the importance of social responsibility and offers its support to local communities, using its strength and valuable resources to help improve the lives of others.


02/04/2015
CITGO hosts E.K. Key Earth Day Poster Contest

CITGO hosts E.K. Key Earth Day Poster Contest

Winners Received $300 in Gift-Cards and Ice Cream

Lake Charles, La. – May 10, 2011 – CITGO Lake Charles hosted the 5th annual Earth Day Poster Contest, Wednesday, May 4 at E.K. Key Elementary School where winning students were awarded $300 in gift-cards and an ice cream party for the entire school.

To promote environmental awareness and to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the CITGO Environmental Protection Department sponsors a poster contest each year for the students at E.K. Key (kindergarten through 5th grade) for students to express their knowledge and awareness of the environment through a creative art display.

CITGO Lake Charles Manager Environmental Protection Phyllis Holifield said CITGO’s role for Earth Day at E.K. Key is a worthwhile effort. Part of what we’re trying to do is to beautify Sulphur through beautifying E.K. Key Elementary. We want to raise the awareness of students to help keep their community clean and beautiful, she said.

Earth Day themes at E.K. Key vary throughout the years and this year, Holifield chose the theme, “Keep Sulphur Beautiful. Ways to Keep Your School & Neighborhood Clean and Trash Free.” The students were given approximately two weeks to work on their posters. Once completed, the posters were given to a CITGO committee for judging and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each grade level was chosen.

CITGO employees announced the winners Wednesday during the school’s morning announcements.

In alignment with the corporation’s values of environmental stewardship, endorsed by our parent company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the CITGO Environmental Protection Department will also sponsor a project for the beautification of the school by planting 36 rose bushes in front of the school. In previous years, CITGO donated a bench that was built around an oak tree on the E.K. Key playground and a magnolia tree that was planted in front of the school. Last year CITGO donated monetary funds towards new playground equipment.


02/04/2015
Calcasieu Women’s Shelter Wins Year’s Supply of CITGO Gasoline for Fueling Good

Calcasieu Women’s Shelter Wins Year’s Supply of CITGO Gasoline for Fueling Good

LAKE CHARLES, La. – April 26, 2011 – CITGO Petroleum Corp. has named the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter of Lake Charles, La. the latest Fueling Good Grand Prize winner in the CITGO Fueling Good program. In recognition of its work providing shelter, support, and counseling to victims of domestic and sexual violence across Southwest Louisiana, the non-profit organization has been awarded a year’s supply of quality CITGO fuel and a case of CITGO motor oil.

“The Fueling Good Grand Prize will make a significant impact on our organization and we are extremely grateful to CITGO for its support,” said Kathy Williams, Executive Director of the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter. “Each year, we provide assistance through housing, shelter, advocacy, and legal advice to more than 1,500 women and children from across the region. As a nonprofit organization, we are always conscious of our operational costs. Not having to worry about purchasing fuel for our support vehicles means we’ll be able to put more money towards the vital services we offer women and families in need.”

Since 1979, the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter has been dedicated to the elimination of personal and societal violence across Southwest Louisiana. Serving the community 24-hours a day, seven days a week, the organization is committed to creating social change through empowerment and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, providing safe shelter for women and children, and using educational programs to advance community awareness and understanding for the signs, causes, and solutions to domestic violence.

Helping to recognize and reward the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter team were representatives of Sonia Petroleum, a Lake Charles, La.-based CITGO Marketer. Like many Marketers in the CITGO network, the Sonia Petroleum team is deeply connected to the people it serves and provides extensive support to a wide range of charity and community programs.

“It’s an honor to help recognize and reward the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter for its ongoing commitment to assisting domestic violence victims,” said Iqbal Mohammad, owner of Sonia Petroleum. “The resources, shelter, and ongoing support it provides to women and their children is inspirational. We look forward to joining the local CITGO refinery, which has a long history of donating money, food, and time to the shelter, in the long-term support for this vital organization.”

In addition to the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter, the Fueling Good campaign recognized and rewarded other local heroes selected through a nationwide online vote, including the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, a volunteer organization in Detroit that rescues and finds homes for unwanted pets, and Texas-based International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, an organization which cares for injured and abandoned exotic animals such as lions, tigers, and bears. Three individuals from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland also won a share in CITGO Gift Cards as part of a sweepstakes that rewarded consumers who voted for their favorite local heroes.

The Fueling Good program is designed to recognize and reward charities and individuals like the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter that are improving the lives of people in their communities. Prizes were awarded in the winter campaign to groups across the 27 states and the District of Columbia that make up the CITGO footprint. Doing good locally is a value central to CITGO and is aligned with the principles endorsed by the CITGO shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For additional details on how CITGO supports a wide range of community programs across the country visit www.FuelingGood.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and YouTube athttp://www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

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 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For more information visit www.citgo.com