CITGO Supports the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Bend and Welcomes NFL Hall of Famers

Oct 31, 2017 10:30 AM ET

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, October 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery recently welcomed two NFL Hall of Famers to the 2nd Annual Alumni Banquet, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Bend. The event took place at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds on Sept. 23. 
Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2010, along with Tim Brown, former Oakland Raider and NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2015, helped celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club. Larry R. Elizondo, Sr., Manager of G&PA Refining, Legislative Affairs for CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and alumni of the Boys & Girls Club, served as the honorary chair of the event.

“We are so fortunate to have a corporate citizen who understands the value of working with our youth, and providing a safe environment for them to thrive and learn,” said Kim Barrientos, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Not only does CITGO provide dollars toward our mission, but they also provide leadership and support for our programs and events.”
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Bend is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Opened in 1957, the organization serves youth, ages 6 to 18, with after-school and summer programs at their two locations in Corpus Christi and Robstown, as well as a satellite program at London Elementary.
“CITGO Petroleum Corporation focuses on safety, environment, health, and education, as the fundamental core values to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work,” said Alirio Zambrano, Vice President & General Manager of the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery. “Organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Bend are vital to our community in providing a safe environment for personal growth and the support many of our local children need.”
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 nearly 5,500 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations across the country, CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. In 2016 alone, CITGO employees in Corpus Christi volunteered more than 1,800 hours of their personal time to local and national charities. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees have provided more than 11,000 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. 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