Don’s Citgo Donates to Branch County GOTR Program

Don’s Citgo Donates to Branch County GOTR Program

For the fourth year, Don’s Citgo gas station has actively invested in the Branch County Girls on the Run program.  On October 30, 2013, the owner and several employees of the Union City Citgo station presented a check for $500 to Girls on the Run.  The donated money will go towards registration fees for girls in Union City.

Employees of Don’s Citgo raised the money during their annual customer appreciation party in July.  All money raised during the appreciation event is the given to a program for youth in the Union City community.  The event consisted of a cookout and raffle.  This year, 123 prizes donated by their vendors were raffled off.  The customer appreciation event raised $250.  Owner John Reed generously agreed to match this amount making the donation to GOTR $500.

“We want to help as many girls in Union City as possible and we think this outstanding program is a perfect avenue to meet this goal,” stated Kathy, manager of Don’s Citgo.  GOTR of Branch County appreciates the continued support of John Reed and the employees of Don’s Citgo.

The support that comes from local businesses in the community has allowed the GOTR program to grow significantly over the past few years and has allowed girls from every school district in Branch County to participate.  In 2010 Girls on the Run of Branch County had 72 girls. In 2011 it doubled to 140 and in 2012 increased another 21% to 173 girls with 12 teams.  In 2013, there were 175 girls participating. Donations such as Union City’s Don’s Citgo, have helped offset these costs and enabled the program to expand.  The GOTR Board would like to thank Don’s Citgo for their continued support to help the girls in our community.

Girls on the Run of Branch County is an after school program for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls.  It helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.  The lessons helps them get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.   The curriculum also looks at the role of teams and healthy relationships and finally, how the girls can positively connect with and shape the world.  Running is incorporated into the curriculum to inspire and motivate girls to encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment.  The 10 week lessons starts in March 2014 meeting twice a week with teams in Quincy, Coldwater, Bronson and Union City.   The season is completed with a 5k run held in conjunction with the Community Health Center of Branch County’s 5k Fun Run.

The Girls on the Run of Branch County Board of Directors is very grateful for the generous contributions of Don’s Citgo and other donors.  If you would like to support the program or receive more information, please contact Julie Stratos at 517-279-5395 or

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.  Don’t forget to visit the GOTR Facebook page or check out our website at


Pictured: Citgo employees- Quincy, Peggy, Laura, owner John Reed, Dee, and manager Kathy Presenting a check to GOTR representatives Phyllis & Stacy.