Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 24, 2013

MPC donates $102,000 to area United Way

Staff reports
The Independent

ASHLAND — The Marathon Petroleum Co. LP (MPC)/Catlettsburg Refinery and Marine Transportation organizations at Catlettsburg recently donated more than $102,000 to the United Way of Northeast Kentucky. The funds were raised at MPC’s ninth annual golf tournament on May 14.

Rich Hernandez, general manager at the Catlettsburg Refinery, and Sheila Fraley, MPC community relations representative, presented the golf benefit’s proceeds to UW Executive Director Jerri Compton during a recent visit to The Neighborhood, the facility that houses social service agencies CAReS, Ashland Community Kitchen, The Dressing Room, River Cities Harvest and Clean Start.

“We are so very grateful to the employees of MPC for this generous support of United Way,” Compton said. “It also is very appropriate that the donation was presented at The Neighborhood since the five agencies located there all benefit from United Way funding.”  

Fraley, an active UW board member, was pleased Hernandez wanted to witness firsthand an example of how MPC is helping the area.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see and work with many of the agencies funded by United Way over the years and to see our new leadership enthused about continuing Marathon’s charitable nature is wonderful,” Fraley said.  

After visiting the five agencies individually, Hernandez was moved by the work being done to better conditions for all.

“Marathon has always been a giving corporation all over the country and it is nice to see so many wonderful things occurring because of the investments in our community partnerships,” Hernandez said.  

For more information about support for UW, call (606) 325-1810 or “like” the Facebook page at facebook.com/uwnek.