MPC Refinery Swings Away for United Way
Galveston Bay Refinery Hosts United Way Golf Tournament
Nearly 500 Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) employees, vendors and community partners met at the Magnolia Creek Golf Course at League City, Texas, for the 14th Annual Marathon United Way Golf Tournament early in the summer of 2014.
Nearly 500 Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) employees, vendors and community partners met at the Magnolia Creek Golf Course at League City, Texas, for the 14th Annual Marathon United Way Golf Tournament early this summer. The weather didn’t fully cooperate, with play halted a short time due to lightning. Yet that didn’t matter, according to Ruth Rendon, senior community relations manager at MPC’s Galveston Bay refinery (GBR), and the project’s coordinator. “The tournament gave everyone a chance to network and to have fun,” she explains. “More importantly, we raised $142,915 for United Way Galveston County Mainland in a single day.”
Since GBR became an MPC facility in February 2013, the net proceeds from its annual United Way Golf Tournament have more than doubled, allowing MPC to make an even greater impact through the United Way.
About 400 golfers took part in GBR’s largest tournament yet, held for the first time at Magnolia Creek. “The course that traditionally hosts the event was under renovation,” says Rendon. “We chose Magnolia Creek because it enabled us to increase the number of teams from 72 to 100 and to expand the United Way’s footprint in northern Galveston County.”
The tournament was held from dark to dark, with 50 teams playing in the morning and 50 in the afternoon. Sponsorship levels ranged from “Player,” in which two teams got to play with GBR General Manager Ray Brooks and Texas Refining Division (TRD) General Manager Connie Bradley, to “Golf Ball,” in which every golfer received a sleeve of golf balls featuring a vendor company’s logo.
The success of the tournament can be summed up in a word – planning – a process the GBR United Way Tournament Committee began in November. “We had 14 committee members, representing all parts of the refinery,” notes Rendon. “Another 30 volunteered to work the tournament itself.”
MPC vendors also played a role in the tournament’s success. “Vendors donated everything from goodie bags, breakfast, lunch and food at every hole to towels, caps, signage, trash bins and portable toilets,” says Rendon. “MPC is big about giving back, and our vendors are right there with us.
“Due to the increased number of golfers and the new golf course, planning and organizing the tournament was a challenge,” she adds. “The end result is that our volunteers worked hard to make it memorable, and it was a complete success.”