CITGO Lemont Refinery Raises Funds to Find a Cure for Muscular Dystrophy

Nov 2, 2017 11:30 AM ET

LEMONT, Ill., November 2, 2017 – The CITGO Lemont Refinery is a committed partner of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and has raised more than $600,000 for the organization during 2017. Funds raised help underwrite clinical research, assist with medical and rehabilitation costs, and send children affected by neurological diseases to MDA Summer Camp in Hudson, Ill.

According to MDA Director of Distinguished Events April Elashik, through the generous support of corporations like CITGO, the MDA is able to offer services at no cost to families with children affected by neurological diseases. 

CITGO has supported the MDA for more than 30 years, and has raised more than $210 million for the organization. In Illinois, the CITGO Lemont Refinery annually hosts fundraising events for the MDA and those battling a neuromuscular disease. Events include Driving for a Cure Golf Outing, Shamrock Bowl and the Fill the Boot Campaign. For the second year in a row, the CITGO Lemont Refinery also served as a presenting sponsor for the MDA Chicago Muscle Team event which took place on Oct. 27. Funds raised will help send children to MDA Camp which costs $2,000 per camper.

“Through the continued support of our employees, contractors and area businesses, CITGO is honored to be a part of bringing more treatments and support to those fighting a muscular disease,” said Jim Cristman, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Lemont Refinery.
About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For over 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 5,500 independently and locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 with a major expansion, doubling the facility, in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt. For more information, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, 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