NATIONAL REPORT — Giving back through community service efforts and charitable donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers in this industry moving forward. Regularly, Convenience store news highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.
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CITGO Petroleum Corp.
CITGO hosted its 35th Annual Corporate Golf Challenge to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where it raised over $700,000 for families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases that severely impair muscle strength and mobility.
In 2021, the CITGO-MDA Golf Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas set a new fundraising record, raising over $314,000. CITGO marketers and retailers also raised over $1 million through mobile sales and Shamrocks Against Dystrophy golf tournaments last year.
Since 1986, CITGO has raised more than $255 million through annual fundraising campaigns that support MDA’s research grants and network of care centers at top medical institutions nationwide.
“For more than three decades, these events have proven to be among the most productive ways to raise vital funds for MDA,” said CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá. “It’s a testament to the generosity of our business partners and communities, combined with the strength of our longstanding partnership with MDA.”
Additionally, to show appreciation for the efforts of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, CITGO provided 5,000 meals to healthcare workers at Ben Taub Hospital in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and the Harris Health System. Meals will be served over several days, from November 18 to early 2022.
At the opening event, CITGO handed out more than 500 notes of appreciation prepared by elementary school students from the Alief Independent School District and CITGO employees.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a shining example of the courage, compassion, dedication and professionalism of our healthcare workers,” Jordá said. “They stepped up and saved lives during an unprecedented public health crisis where their own lives were in danger. Our healthcare workers are true superheroes.”
Houston-based CITGO is the fifth largest and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States.
Gate Petroleum Co.
The Gate Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gate Petroleum Co., based in Jacksonville, Florida, presented the American Cancer Society (ACS) with a $65,000 donation to support breast cancer research and awareness.
Funds were raised at Gate stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina as part of the operator’s pink ribbon paper icon campaign. From October 1-21, customers had the opportunity to donate $1 and sign their name on a pink ribbon paper icon displayed in the store. They could also choose to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, donating the difference to ACS.
“Gate stores have been running the pink ribbon paper icon campaign for 11 years now,” said Kathy Brady, executive director of the Gate Foundation. “During this time, our customers have exceeded $1 million in donations to the American Cancer Society and the fight against breast cancer. There is so much enthusiasm and support for this campaign among our customers and employees, and it is an honor to partner with ACS.”
In addition to creative displays of pink ribbons at Gate stores, employees wore pink ACS t-shirts to promote fundraising efforts. Stores also featured signage and information about the ACS mission to educate customers.
Gate Petroleum is a highly diversified company operating in a variety of industries, including convenience stores, car washes, fleet and fuel services, real estate, hospitality and building materials.
For the ninth consecutive year, Enmarket continued its partnership with the Georgia-South Carolina Region’s Light The Night campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The 2021 campaign in September raised over $125,000 to help fight blood cancers.