CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its Marketers and Retailers, raised approximately $30,000 in 2016 through the installation of “Spirit Pumps” at participating CITGO stations across the nation.
These specially-wrapped, branded fuel pumps were operational at different times throughout the year to raise money for a variety of education, charitable and community service programs.
Upon installation, the CITGO stations identified local organizations to partner with and a certain percentage of sales from the designated fuel pumps was donated by the station directly to those local organizations. At the conclusion of each Spirit Pump, an additional monetary match to each local organization was donated by CITGO. Community members were encouraged to come out to the stations throughout the campaign and join in these various causes.
“The CITGO Spirit Pump initiative is an effective way for customers and community members alike to easily contribute to local causes and organizations in their backyards by simply heading to the fuel pump,” said Alan Flagg, CITGO assistant vice president of supply and marketing. “CITGO stations will continue installing Spirit Pumps during 2017 to make even more of an impact in communities throughout the CITGO footprint.”
In 2016, many organizations benefitted from the money raised from these pumps, including, but not limited to:
New Market Elementary School – Sophia, N.C
Little Orleans Fire Department – Little Orleans, Md.
The Red Sox Foundation – Boston, Mass.
Astor Services for Children & Families – Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Elsanor Elementary School – Robertsdale, Ala.
Craig County Public Schools – New Castle, Va.
Russellville Girls High School Softball Team – Russellville, Ala.
Edward Upthegrove and LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle, Fla.