Western Refining Helps MDA Families With Care, Research, Camp

Raises more than $351,000; surpasses donations from first year with program

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Western Refining Inc. and its more than 224 convenience stores raised the bar in its second year of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and its fight against muscle disease, raising $351,824 through the "Make A Muscle, Make A Difference" mobile campaign.

The c-stores--located throughout Arizona, southwest Colorado, New Mexico and southwestern Texas--participated in the promotion to help individuals and families living with neuromuscular disease by providing funds for clinical care, support services and MDA summer camp.

The program started in late April and continued through May 28. In its first year last year, Western Refining raised more than $249,000.

"Once again, our customers and employees have stepped up to the challenge of helping the communities we serve. The $351,000 raised to help support those affected by muscle disease is a testament to their commitment to excellence," said Western Refining vice president of retail R.C. Sprouse. "I am extremely impressed by their combined fundraising efforts, and honored to have the opportunity to help children and families served by MDA."

MDA's mobile program--the selling of $1 and $5 "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" mobiles in stores--directly helps local families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Mobile sales also help support the association's vital worldwide research program and its national network of 200 medical clinics (10 of which are located in the Southwest), and they help send thousands of children with neuromuscular diseases to barrier-free MDA summer camp at nearly 80 camps throughout the United States.

"For two consecutive years, Western Refining has done an exceptional job in the sale of 'Make a Muscle' mobiles for MDA," said MDA executive vice president and chief business development officer Kevin Moran. "MDA families throughout the Southwest will benefit greatly from valuable services and important research because of the generosity of Western Refining retailers and their customers."

MDA is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding breakthrough research, by providing lifesaving support and services, and by rallying communities to fight back--all of which is made possible by its generous supporters.

Western Refining is an independent refining and marketing company based in El Paso, Texas. It operates refineries in El Paso and Gallup, N.M. Western's asset portfolio also includes standalone refined products terminals in Albuquerque and Bloomfield, N.M.; asphalt terminals in Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; retail stations and c-stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas under the Giant and Howdy's names; and a fleet of crude oil and finished product truck transports, and wholesale petroleum products operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia.