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MPC Employees Take Aim for United Way


Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) employees raise money for United Way throughout the year, with activities ranging from bake sales, ice cream socials, luncheons and silent auctions to solicitations of cash, sponsorships and other donations. Some of the larger fundraising initiatives required skill in hitting specific targets, in the form of golf and clay-shooting tournaments. Following are ways in which MPC facilities took aim for United Way in 2014:

Canton, Ohio, refinery
Inaugural Sporting Clay Shoot
Upland Valley Sporting Clays
Carrollton, Ohio

MPC’s refinery in Canton, Ohio, hosted its first-ever United Way Sporting Clay Shoot at Upland Valley Sporting Clays in Carrollton, raising $18,367. Nearly 100 people took part in the event, which kicked off with a safety briefing.

Clay shooting involves firing a gun at flying clay targets, referred to as pigeons or birds. After completion of a 50-bird course, a shoot-off between employees Chad Russell and Clint Haney was necessary, with both hitting 49 out of 50 birds. Russell was declared the winner, with Haney coming in second and Michael Coe ranking third. Afterward, participants enjoyed lunch, a live auction and raffle.

Refinery employees Amanda Boyd and Shannen Polize provided volunteer support for the event, with members of the planning committee – Darin Barber, Scott Cutter, Erin Heath, Brent McCarty and Steve Williams – planning, organizing and executing the shoot.

Catlettsburg, Ky., refinery
10th Annual MPC/United Way Golf Classic

Bellefonte Country Club
Russell, Ky.

Nearly 300 golfers, representing 74 teams and supported by 40 Catlettsburg-area employee volunteers, gathered for the 10th Annual MPC/United Way Golf Classic at the Bellefonte Country Club in Russell, Ky.

Catlettsburg refinery General Manager Rich Hernandez, Human Resources Manager Greg Jackson and Community Relations Representative Sheila Fraley presented a check for $108,000 to Jerri Compton, executive director of United Way of Northeast Kentucky. Joining the refinery and local United Way representatives was Kevin Middleton, United Way of Kentucky member services director. The funds were raised via the tournament and other initiatives in 2014.

Members of the 2014 planning committee included employees Mike Alley, Kevin Basham, Vicki Burton, Therese Carte, Alan Caudill, Dave Chaffin, Tim Craft, Russ Crawford, Ruby Deerfield, Len Eplin, Mark Estep, Sheila Fraley, Mike Hartman, Greg Jackson, John Johnson, Paul Kelley, Jeff Marchal, John Mitchell, Gerald Naliborski, Nick Newlon, Mark Quade, Dave Rice, Jay Richert, Todd Sandifer, John Shelton, Debbie Stewart, Birdell Thomas, Rodney Tolliver, Steve Vanhorn and Evan White.

MPC Headquarters
13th Annual MPC/United Way Golf Classic

Findlay Country Club
Findlay, Ohio

More than 100 companies, sponsoring 128 teams, 44 holes and about 30 food/beverage vendors, took part in the 13th Annual MPC/United Way Golf Classic at the Findlay Country Club.

MPC’s Global Procurement and Refining organizations hosted the four-flight event, raising $202,682. More than $1 million has been raised by the tournament over the last 13 years, ranking it among the largest single fundraising events for United Way of Hancock County, Ohio. The proceeds from this year’s tournament were split between the United Way of Hancock County and the Hancock County Performing Arts Center, both of which are 501(c)(3) organizations.

The continuing success of the event is due to the efforts of many employee volunteers, who go out of their way to make the day special for all golfers. Members of this year’s planning committee included Susan Cheney, Kurt Ellis, Tom Hearn, Pat Lysaght, Jim Manning, Skip Mark, Dan Mathias, Jim Nelson, Daryl Rotman, Becky Stahl, Robin Stone and Jim Wilkins.

Robinson, Ill., Refinery Gun Club
MPC Sportsmen Trap Shoot

Robinson Gun Club
Robinson, Ill.

MPC’s Robinson Refinery Gun Club hosted its 10th Annual United Way Trap Shoot at a local gun club last fall, attracting about 50 employees, contractors, friends and family members, including spouses and children.

With the support of the 15-member trap shoot planning committee and of contractors’ sponsorships and cash donations, the event raised about $28,000. This brings the total amount raised and contributed to the United Way of Crawford County, Ill., over the past decade to more than $250,000.

Participants shot rounds for various prizes; bid on live and silent auctions to win hunting items, such as coolers, lanterns and knives; and vied for ownership of a new gun. They also got an opportunity to show support for the United Way, share quality time with family, friends and co-workers and have fun.