CITGO Receives Partner of the Year Award From Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend

Mar 6, 2018 9:30 AM ET

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery proudly accepted the Partner of the Year award at a Partner Appreciation ceremony, presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend on the evening of Feb. 22. The Partner of the Year honoree is selected based on overall commitment to the organization in the prior year. In addition to CITGO, other award recipients joined Boys & Girls Club board members at the event.
Since 2001, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery has contributed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend monetarily—through sponsorships and donations—as well as through volunteer support for events, such as the Thanksgiving Dinner for Club families and members. The most recent contribution to the Club was funding for the CITGO Technology Center, part of the new Teen Room at the Corpus Christi Boys & Girls Club.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend is excited to partner with CITGO on the Technology Center for our new Teen Room,” said Kim Barrientos, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend. “Through the generosity of CITGO, the Technology Center will provide an amazing opportunity for our teens to expand their knowledge and skills and ensure that the youth we serve are prepared for the technology-based world we live in today. This opportunity would not have been possible without the remarkable partnership we have with CITGO.” 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend held a community ribbon cutting ceremony for the Teen Room and CITGO Technology Center on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Corpus Christi Greenwood location. 
“At CITGO, we’re thrilled to support organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, because they provide students with a safe, after-school environment. They do an excellent job of providing activities for all ages,” said Art Klein, VP and General Manager of the Corpus Christi Refinery. “The CITGO Technology Center adds a layer of experience, so that the children are not only safe and physically active, but they also have the opportunity to continue learning and honing their technology skills, in turn, preparing them for higher learning.”
About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, which celebrated 80 years of operations in 2015, provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 million per year in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for its network of more than 5,200 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations across the country, Corpus Christi refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. In 2015, CITGO employees in Corpus Christi volunteered more than 2,900 hours of their personal time to local and national charities. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees have provided more than 10,000 volunteer hours and approximately $3.3 million in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives, such as the revitalization of the Gateway to Corpus Christi, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up. The 80th anniversary of the Corpus Christi Refinery last year was preceded by the 70th anniversary of the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery in 2014 and was followed by the 90th anniversary of the CITGO Lemont Refinery in 2016, with CITGO facilities marking three significant milestones in three consecutive years. For more information on the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, 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