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MPL Patoka Area Gives Back

MPL turns used equipment into new donation for local charity

SAFE Donation

Marathon Pipeline LLC (MPL) employees in the Patoka IL, Area along with employees at the Martinsville, IL Region Office rallied together to come up with a creative idea to raise money for a local charity. The idea was as creative as it was simple – hold an online auction to sell used equipment and company items. Generators, fire extinguishers, field equipment – anything that was no longer needed or no longer had value to MPL was on the auction block. The auction was a resounding success, raising more than $12,000. The Patoka Area employees chose to donate all of their proceeds to SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) Crisis Centers in their area.

“2015 was a tough year for the non-profits that depend on state funding in Illinois,” said Christy Warner, MPL administrative assistant, and MPL United Way coordinator. “SAFE, like many other agencies, was dealing with reduced funding and extreme budget cuts.”

SAFE is a non-profit organization that offers counseling and advocacy services to victims of sexual assault and abuse, as well as educational programs to students. Mary Harrington, SAFE executive director, said this donation came at a great time when budgets were at their tightest. “We have a lot of expenses, with four offices and 17 staff. A lot of federal and state money has an attachment to it – so much of it has to go for salary, or for the facility,” she said. “It’s nice to get money that is not attached.”

Above the $12,000 donation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) agreed to match 62 percent of the proceeds, bringing the total contribution to nearly $20,000. “I cannot express how much this donation means to SAFE,” said Sherry Hawkins, SAFE fiscal manager. “In this year of budget impasse and money being halted, we are so very grateful to MPL!”

Warner, along with MPL Administrative Assistant Lura Thompson, presented the donation checks to SAFE on Dec. 16, 2015, with a second donation in early 2016 for MPC’s matching funds. “It was a really proud moment for me to represent Marathon Pipeline,” said Warner. “I’m so glad we were able to provide tangible support to such a worthy cause.”

For more information on SAFE, visit