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38th Annual Golf Classic Raises More than $514,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Lake Charles, La. – May 30, 2023 – The CITGO Lake Charles Refinery recently held its 38th annual Golf Classic benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), hosting more than 250 participants at the Lake Charles Country Club to enjoy a day of golf, live and silent auctions, awards and great food. The 2023 event raised more than $514,000 to accelerate research, advance care and empower families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases to live longer, more independent lives.

Four people standing in fromt of a big checkon the grass in front of a lake.
CITGO presents a check to Muscular Dystrophy Association at 38th Annual Golf Classic for more than $514,000.
Pictured: Liz Ortega, MDA Director, Corporate Fundraising; Sterling Neblett, VP & GM, CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex; Missy Amidon, CITGO Public Affairs Manager; Madison Helaire, MDA Ambassador

Since 1985, the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery has raised more than $6.4 million by engaging its vendors and partners in annual fundraising campaigns that support MDA’s mission. MDA’s pipeline of promise includes life empowering treatments that continue to grow, creating ever more hope for the patients and their families who are at the heart of MDA’s mission and vision.

“The CITGO MDA Golf Classic is once again the largest single-day fundraiser for MDA in the state of Louisiana,” said Sterling Neblett, Vice President and General Manager of the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex. “We are so appreciative of our generous vendors and enjoyed the comradery and opportunity to strengthen those connections while supporting a wonderful cause.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support that CITGO, its employees, vendors, marketers and retailers have demonstrated for the mission of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the past 38 years,” said Jeremy Kraut-Ordover, Chief Development Officer, MDA. “CITGO has set the standard in strengthening our community by fueling our efforts to empower families living with neuromuscular diseases."


Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,200 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

About Muscular Dystrophy Association

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA's mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more visit and follow MDA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.