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Jamie Farr Press Release:

Jamie Farr Announces "Handing Over Baton" to Marathon Petroleum to Continue the Annual Toledo, Ohio LPGA Tournament

In 1984, Jamie Farr was contacted by his childhood friend, Don Michel (then owner of the McDonald franchises in Toledo) who asked him if he would agree to put his name on a new LPGA golf tournament that was being organized in his hometown, Toledo, Ohio.  Without hesitation, Farr agreed that the title of the tournament could carry his name and that he would host the tournament.  For the past 28 years, Farr has graciously hosted this event which is one of the favorite stops for the LPGA golfers, primarily due to Farr's enthusiasm for the golfers as well as the community where the tournament is held.  Now, the legendary actor has decided that it is time to hand the baton over to the Marathon Petroleum Corporation to continue the traditions of this successful tournament.

"I have wonderful news to share that will take the tournament to new heights," expressed Farr.  "Marathon's commitment to become the new title sponsor of the tournament not only allows for greater exposure for Northwest Ohio, but Marathon is genuinely interested in not only the charities supported by the tournament, but also the golfers, the volunteers, and the spectators, who have made the tournament a success year after year over the past 28 years."

"Because of pending show business concerns which may prevent me from hosting the tournament in the future, I have decided to pass the baton to Marathon," continued Farr.  "I am proud to be one of the founders of this tournament and am very proud of everything the tournament has accomplished over the past 28 years.  I will always appreciate the loyal and generous support of our faithful sponsors, volunteers, fans, media and LPGA golf professionals and I extend a special thanks to all of them.  The tournament has become a wonderful tradition in Northwest Ohio and I know it will continue to do great things for the community and local children's charities.  Please extend to Marathon your generous support which you so devotedly gave to me."

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Toledo Classic, Inc. we want to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Jamie for everything he has done over the years," stated board chairman Richard Hylant.  "Jamie's contributions and loyal support over the past 28 years cannot be overstated as the tournament and the community have been effected immeasurably by his involvement.  With great enthusiasm and as a reflection of everything that Jamie has meant to the tournament and the community, Toledo Classic Inc. has permanently named the scholarship fund the "Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund" to preserve Jamie's legacy with the tournament."

Marathon Press Release:

Toledo Classic, Inc. Announces Marathon Petroleum Corporation as New Title Sponsor of LPGA Tournament

TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 8, 2013 - The Toledo Classic, Inc. Board of Trustees announced today that Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) has become the new title sponsor of the annual LPGA tournament held at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The new name of the tournament will be the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I. 

As a result of Marathon's title sponsorship, the tournament will return to television in 2013 with all four rounds to be televised on The Golf Channel. This year's tournament will be held July 15-21 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio with a purse of $1.3 million and will mark the 28th anniversary of the event. To date, the tournament has contributed $7.75 million to more than 100 children's charities in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan.

"We are elated to have Marathon Petroleum as the title sponsor, which will keep the tournament going strong for years to come," stated Toledo Classic, Inc. Board Chairman Richard Hylant. "Marathon's long-term commitment to the tournament, along with the support of our loyal presenting sponsors Owens Corning and Owens-Illinois, provides the solid financial foundation to potentially increase the money raised for area children's charities. We are incredibly proud of the history of the tournament. Now with the live broadcast on The Golf Channel for all four days of the tournament and larger purses in the future, we are in a position to elevate the tournament to a new level." 

Hylant continued, "Jamie Farr has been the host of the tournament for the past 28 years. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Toledo Classic, Inc. we want to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Jamie for everything he has done over the years.  Jamie's contributions and loyal support cannot be overstated, as the tournament and the community have been affected immeasurably by his involvement. With great enthusiasm, and as a reflection of everything that Jamie has meant to the tournament and the community, Toledo Classic, Inc. has permanently named our scholarship fund the "Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund" to preserve his legacy with the tournament."

Marathon Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Gary R. Heminger stated, "We're proud to be supporting children's charities through this premier LPGA event. We see a bright future for the tournament. Mr. Farr has left us a great legacy, and we are looking forward to partnering with Toledo Classic, Owens Corning and Owens-Illinois to continue the tournament's success. We are committed to keeping it a favorite among LPGA players and fans." 

"This is tremendous news for the LPGA and the loyal golf fans of northwest Ohio," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. "Marathon Petroleum is an extremely successful and well-respected company and we are excited to welcome them to the LPGA family. Our players have always enjoyed playing in northwest Ohio and now thanks to Marathon's title sponsorship, fans across the globe will get to see the LPGA's stars at one of their favorite tournaments."

About Toledo Classic, Inc.
Toledo Classic, Inc., an Ohio 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is the parent company of the annual LPGA tournament played in northwest Ohio. Toledo Classic's goals are to provide a quality sporting event for the region while raising money for children's charities in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan. To date, the tournament has donated $7.75 million to 100+ area children's charities.

About Marathon Petroleum Corporation
MPC is the nation's fifth-largest refiner, with a crude capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels per calendar day in its six-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through more than 5,000 independently owned retail outlets across 18 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's fourth largest convenience store chain, with approximately 1,460 convenience stores in seven states. MPC also owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of pipeline. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. For additional information about the company, please visit our website at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com.

Media Contact:
Judd Silverman
Executive Director
Toledo Classic, Inc.
(419) 531-3277

Brandon Daniels
Communications Manager
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
(419) 421-3127

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