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10/20/2015 – CITGO fuels good in the community.

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” campaign, which will be a fundraising effort to benefit the John Hopkins Children’s Center. CITGO’s local branded Marketers Griffith Energy Services Inc., Carroll Independent Fuel Co., and The Wills Group, who recently donated $15,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to the hospital, will participate in the campaign.

The $15,000 in gift cards was presented to Paula Heneberry, LCSW-C, Director of Pediatric Social Work at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and will be given to families whose children are being treated at the facility to assist them with travel costs to and from the hospital.

“A road trip for our families can take many forms – a celebratory vacation trip upon being discharged from our services, but more often the road trip entails a journey here to receive care,” said Paula Heneberry, director of pediatric social work at the Jobs Hopkins Children’s Center. “The cost of gas and other travel expenses creates a heavy burden on many of our families, and we are forever grateful for the contribution, excitement and fun the Fueling Good Road Trip brought that will allow us to help alleviate the stress on these families and let them focus on the health of their child(ren).”

Fueling Good ambassadors Adam and Diego, along with Maryland Destiny Clark, attended the presentation to visit with patients and participate in the afternoon BINGO session by announcing the winning calls and handling out prizes, including Fueling Good toy trucks donated by CITGO, to the children.

“We’re proud to join our local Marketers in supporting the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Fueling Good in the Baltimore community overall,” said Alan Flagg, CITGO assistant vice president of supply and marketing. “By giving these gift cards, our hope is to relieve families of the burden of travel costs, even in a small way, so that they can focus on getting their children the care and treatment that they need.”

John HopkinsGriffith Energy Services Inc. has been a staple in the Baltimore community for more than 100 years, and for the past 20 years has raised more than $1 million for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center through its annual golf tournament. In addition, to honor Dr. George Dover, who is stepping down after serving as Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 20 years, Griffith Energy Services Inc. is commissioning a portrait to commemorate his legacy. In following the Johns Hopkins Medicine tradition of celebrating the work of esteemed leadership through art, the final piece will be displayed in the hospital.

Also serving the Baltimore community more than 100 years is Carroll Independent Fuel Company which hosts an annual golf tournament benefitting the Children’s Center. Since inception, the event has raised approximately $200,000.

Fueling good beyond the donation event, Maryland will visit patients and families at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center throughout the rest of the year through the support of The Wills Group, who for more than 80 years has been serving the community as one of Maryland’s largest, locally run and family owned businesses of its kind.

And finally, as part of its continued support CITGO also announces the launch of its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” community fundraising campaign, which will be held in participating CITGO locations across the Baltimore area from Oct. 25 through Dec. 1, 2015. All proceeds from the purchase of “stars” will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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