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Western Refining Presents Education Grant to Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix

Refining Company Signs on to Support Museum's Field Trip Program

PHOENIX (April 3, 2013) Western Refining and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) have partnered to support arts education in Arizona in 2013. A grant provided by Western Refining will help support museum admission and transportation for students and teachers visiting the museum, many from the region’s Title I schools.

Western Refining, which is headquartered in El Paso, has a large presence in Arizona, with more than 1,000 employees in the state. The company has a long history of providing donations that promote education and the arts, and this latest grant for MIM continues that tradition.
“As Western Refining expands its presence in Arizona, we look forward to working with local organizations to make a positive impact,” said Gary Hanson, vice president of corporate communications for Western Refining. “Because the arts play a vital role in enhancing the lives of everyone in the community, we are honored to support MIM.”

MIM’s “A World of Musical Journeys” field trip program provides a unique, multifaceted museum experience to schoolchildren in Arizona. Curriculum created by MIM, which adheres to Arizona State Standards, is available to all teachers to use in pre- and post-visit lessons. As a result of their experience at MIM, students have a heightened awareness of world cultures and musical traditions, an increased understanding of the science of sound, and the opportunity to play instruments they have never seen or heard before. Since beginning the field trip program in October 2010, MIM has welcomed more than 57,000 students to the museum.

With so many Arizona schools affected by district budget cuts, arts education and field trip opportunities are not often available to enhance a student’s classroom learning experience. In fact, close to 40 percent of all students participating in “A World of Musical Journeys” are from Title 1 schools and would not be able to visit MIM without the assistance of grant funding.
“It is truly inspiring to see the reaction of students who visit MIM and see our amazing collection for the first time,” said Carly Ofsthun, education manager at MIM. “This grant from Western Refining allows us to extend MIM’s educational opportunities to students who may not be able to visit otherwise.”

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information, visit or call 480.478.6000.


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About Western Refining
Western Refining, Inc. is an independent refining and marketing company headquartered in El Paso, Texas. Western operates refineries in El Paso, and Gallup, New Mexico. Western’s asset portfolio also includes stand-alone refined products terminals in Albuquerque and Bloomfield, New Mexico, asphalt terminals in Albuquerque, El Paso, and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, retail service stations and convenience stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, a fleet of crude oil and finished product truck transports, and wholesale petroleum products operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia. More information about the Company is available at

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Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM