BASF and TOTAL Miracle Match for Life golf tourney raises more than $114,000

Carol Hebert, community and government affairs manager at BASF; Robert Taylor, e

BASF Petrochemicals and TOTAL Port Arthur Refinery donated more than $86,000 to the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and Life Share Blood Centers at a check presentation Tuesday, Aug. 5, at LifeShare Blood Centers in Beaumont.

The donations were made possible through the Miracle Match For Life golf tournament, which raised more than $114,000. The difference went to pay for tournament expenses, Jamie Hogge, Miracle Match for Life event coordinator said.

Hundreds of golfers, BASF and TOTAL employees, volunteers and spectators were on hand April 25 for sports and community fellowship at Brentwood Country Club in Beaumont with food and beverages for the tournament donated by area businesses. Founded in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between BASF and TOTAL, Miracle Match for Life has raised more than $1.2 million to help educate people and promote awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, blood donations, and cancer screening and prevention in Southeast Texas. The initiative places special emphasis on education and recruitment in African American, Native American and Hispanic communities, where donors and cancer screenings are especially needed.

“A number of our employees have been marrow donors, and one employee was a match for a patient in need, all as a result of Miracle Match for Life,” said Greg Masica, vice president and site manager for BASF Corporation in Port Arthur. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with these charities for many years to come and supporting the critical services they provide in our communities.”

“We are honored to serve as the title sponsor for Miracle Match for Life, which is a tremendous partnership that raises thousands of dollars every year to support three worthy organizations right here in Southeast Texas,” added Nigel Tranter, TOTAL Port Arthur Refinery plant manager. “Giving back to the community where we live and work is in our DNA at TOTAL, and we are proud to help make a difference in so many people’s lives.”

Miracle Match for Life has played a key role in increasing cancer awareness and the number of blood and marrow donors in Southeast Texas, said Hope Guidry-Groves, program director for the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program.

“More than 10,000 individuals from the Golden Triangle have registered with the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, a significant number that comprises almost 10 percent of our 712 lifesaving donor matches,” Guidry-Groves said.

Miracle Match for Life also has made it possible for thousands of women and men to receive mammograms and prostate cancer screenings through the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program.

“We are deeply appreciative of the outstanding companies, sponsors and loving individuals who work so hard to ensure medically underserved men and women in our community receive lifesaving medical care,” said Regina Rogers, Gift of Life founder and chair. “The funding and awareness raised during Miracle Match for Life make an immeasurable impact on the scope of our organization’s mission to provide extensive cancer education and screenings throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.”

Funds raised by Miracle Match for Life also support LifeShare Blood Centers, which provides blood components to 11 hospitals in eight Southeast Texas counties and requires approximately 36,000 donations annually.

“The support provided by Miracle Match for Life helps us educate the community about the necessity for blood donations and donor recruitment,” said Robert Taylor, executive director of LifeShare Blood Centers. “At times, it is difficult to maintain the blood inventory needed to meet the demand of hospitals we serve. Miracle Match for Life has been vital in promoting awareness of the need for donors.”

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013.

Further information on BASF is available at www.basf.com.

TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI) is part of the Refining-Petrochemicals Americas Division of TOTAL S.A., one of the largest integrated international oil and gas companies with operations in more than 130 countries worldwide. TPRI is headquartered in Houston and is a major producer of polypropylene, polystyrene, styrene, base chemicals and polyethylene in the United States. Visit TOTAL online at www.totalpetrochemicalsrefiningusa.com.

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