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Aera in the Community Mar 13, 2020

The countdown begins for Taft Oildorado Days

October’s 10-day event gets a little help from Aera Energy

Members of the Oildorado board gather with employees from Aera's Midway Sunset location at the March 3 announcement of Aera's $25,000 event sponsorship.

Members of the Oildorado board gather with employees from Aera’s Midway Sunset location at the March 3 announcement of Aera’s $25,000 event sponsorship.

It only happens every five years.

But when Taft throws a bash to celebrate its heritage, economic lifeblood and community spirit, the party lasts for 10 days.

Taft Oildorado Days will take place Oct. 9-18 in the west Kern County town, where oil has been a major economic driver for more than a century. Thousands of people are expected to take part in the festivities.

Aera has already joined in, announcing a $25,000 event sponsorship March 3.

“Taft’s history of oil and gas production is unique around the world, and that rich history shows in the community’s spirit,” said Christina Sistrunk, president and CEO of Aera Energy. 

“Taft is a community where many of our employees, contractors and their families live and work every day,” she added. “As a long-time partner in the Taft community and one of California’s largest oil producers, we’re proud to help make Oildorado 2020 a celebration Taft will be proud of and to do our part honoring the men and women who built California’s oil and gas industry into what it is today—a global energy leader and a critical part of California’s energy mix.”

“This $25,000 donation exemplifies the commitment that Aera not only has to fueling the needs of our state but the dedication it has to supporting our small community, its rich heritage and the history of the oil industry,” said Shannon Miller, president of the Taft Oildorado board of directors.

Aera’s South Midway Sunset unit is located near Taft.

An all-volunteer non-profit corporation plans and carries out Oildorado with help from local schools, clubs, churches, and service and fraternal organizations that sponsor events and activities. Oildorado, Inc. coordinates the many activities that make up the celebration and is raising funds for this year’s event.

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DID YOU KNOW? Aera Energy is a three-time recipient of the Forbes America’s Midsize Employer List, placing ninth in the 2022 ranking and securing its spot in the top ten midsize companies to work for in the United States.

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