CITGO Petroleum and Sunshine Gasoline Award P.A.N.D.O.R.A., Inc. $5,000 for Fueling Good

Charity Recognized for Dedication to the Research and Advocacy for

Those with Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders

Nov. 8, 2011, 10:11 a.m. EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The

Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for

Research and Advocacy (P.A.N.D.O.R.A., Inc.) in Coral Gables, Fla., is

Fueling Good as one of 12 winners in the CITGO Fueling Good summer

program. Recognized by CITGO Petroleum and local Marketer Sunshine

Gasoline for its work in assisting patients with neuroendocrineimmune

disorders (NEIDs) in leading productive and fulfilling lives, the

non-profit organization has been awarded $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to

help extend its Ripple of Good and the impact of its work.

"The donation from CITGO and Sunshine Gasoline will make a huge impact

in the work that P.A.N.D.O.R.A. does to help people suffering from

NEIDs and raise awareness about these disorders," said Marly

Silverman, founder of P.A.N.D.O.R.A., Inc. "The Fueling Good prize

will help us serve more people affected by NEIDs and raise awareness

for these widespread but often undiagnosed and misunderstood


More than 20 million Americans are affected by NEIDs, which include a

wide range of conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War

illness, chronic Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. P.A.N.D.O.R.A. raises

awareness of these disorders and works to address and alleviate many

of the issues that affect the quality of life of persons who are


"It is an honor to reward P.A.N.D.O.R.A. for advocating on behalf of

individuals in our community suffering with these neuroendocrineimmune

diseases," said Max Alverez, president of Sunshine Gasoline. "It can

be frightening for people afflicted with these conditions and their

families if they feel that they don't have information or support in

living with their illness. P.A.N.D.O.R.A. offers them hope and serves

as their voice."

P.A.N.D.O.R.A. provides educational community outreach programs that

ensure quality of medical treatments and quality of life for the

individuals and their families with NEIDs. In addition, P.A.N.D.O.R.A.

offers grants and funds to support the advancement of scientific

research surrounding NEIDs.

P.A.N.D.O.R.A. is one of 12 CITGO Summer Fueling Good campaign winners

selected from more than 1,100 charities through a nationwide online

vote. More than 100,000 votes were cast to help identify the latest

winners in one of four categories: Environmental Protection and

Restoration; Education and Social Investment; Energy Assistance and

Conservation; and Health and Well-being.

The principles of Fueling Good can be seen in all aspects of the CITGO

brand and are aligned with the social development principles of the

CITGO shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national

oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Registration for the Winter program begins Dec. 1 and all 501(c) (3)

non-profit organizations based in the 26 states and District of

Columbia in which CITGO operates are invited to submit an entry at .

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