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C.N. Brown Company's Annual MDA Shamrock Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

CITGO Marketer Fights Back for Mainers Affected by Neuromuscular Diseases

SOUTH PARIS, Maine, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- C.N. Brown Company and CITGO Petroleum Corporation, sponsors of the annual "Buy A Shamrock" paper mobile program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raised more than $103,000 to benefit children, adults and families affected by neuromuscular disease in their local communities. From mid-February through March 17, 2014, C.N. Brown CITGO Big Apple Food Stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont encouraged customers to purchase $1 and $5 paper shamrock mobiles to raise funds for MDA.

"It's wonderfully impressive to watch our customers demonstrate their unending support of neighbors and friends, families and children who are confronting these diseases," said Jinger Duryea, president of C. N. Brown Company. "Our hope is to be able to change the lives of our community members that have helped us grow over the years. It's also lovely to see the stores covered in green and gold shamrocks in March!"

In addition to the millions of dollars that CITGO, C.N. Brown and its customers have raised for MDA over the years, the proceeds from the 2014 "Buy a Shamrock" campaign will help the local MDA chapters of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont send children to MDA summer camps and support research and clinics in Bangor and Portland, Maine. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular disease through worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Since 1948, C.N. Brown Company has provided quality products, employment opportunities and community support across New England. As the owner of Big Apple Food Stores, Red Shield heating oil locations and independently operated gasoline stations across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, the locally owned, family business plays an important role in the communities it serves. The more than 900 C.N. Brown Company employees are also committed to fueling good by supporting a wide range of charitable and community programs.

As MDA's largest corporate sponsor, CITGO has raised more than $160 million since 1986 to help provide health care services for MDA families nationwide and to rally local communities to raise awareness and help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Independent CITGO Marketers, such as C.N. Brown, own and operate more than 400 CITGO locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts and are proud to support their neighborhoods.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, 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 www.CITGO.com.

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