Spindletop Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that enhances the lives of at-risk youth through funding and volunteering from the oil and gas industry, while promoting fellowship and networking among our participants.


Since its inception, more than $24 million has been raised to assist programs that support the following: child abuse prevention; pediatric medical research; substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation; education and scholarships; residential centers; after-school programs; family health and well-being; and much more.

Our History

Spindletop Founder Loy D. “Butch” Griffin 1939 - 1984

Spindletop Charities, Inc. was founded in 1966 by a young man working in the oil industry, Loy D. “Butch” Griffin. His vision was to build an organization promoting goodwill and fellowship within the oil and gas industry while benefiting children in need. Griffin chose the name “Spindletop” to ensure the charity would be recognized by the oil and gas industry. Today, because of its solid foundation and support from the industry and dedicated volunteers, Spindletop continues to make significant contributions to Houston area youth charities.

Since its inception, more than $24 million has been raised to assist programs that support the following: child abuse prevention; pediatric medical research; substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation; education and scholarships; residential centers; after-school programs; family health and well-being; and much more.

Spindletop’s success in fundraising is the result of two annual special events – the Spindletop Golf Tournament and Spindletop Holiday Ball – as well as general donations. The two-day Spindletop Golf Tournament is held in the Spring, and several charity partners are highlighted through the Charities on the Green game at each Par 3. The Spindletop Holiday Ball continues to be the premier holiday event among the industry, capturing the merriment of the Holiday season all the while collecting toys and books for the annual Spindletop Holiday Toy Drive.

Spindletop Charities is governed by a 13-person Board of Directors, consisting of executives representative of the service and operating sectors of the energy industry. The Spindletop Emerging Leader Steering Committee (ELSC) is made up of 11 rising leaders within the industry, and the Committee spearheads volunteer service projects with Spindletop charity partners that are open to anyone in the energy industry to participate. Spindletop is managed by a two-person staff that works closely with the Board, ELSC, donors and volunteers to carry out the day to day operations of the organization as well as advocate for the youth charities supported through volunteering and networking. The Spindletop office is located in Houston at the Schlumberger corporate headquarters thanks to an extraordinarily generous in-kind gift from the organization.

Spindletop Board of Directors

Spindletop Charities is governed by a Board of Directors representative of executives from the service and operating sectors of the energy industry.

  • Starlee Sykes, President
    Starlee Sykes, President

    Senior Vice President,
    Gulf of Mexico & Canada

    BP

  • Liam Mallon, Chairman
    Liam Mallon, Chairman

    President

    ExxonMobil Upstream
    Oil & Gas Company

  • Maria Claudia Borras
    Maria Claudia Borras

    Executive Vice President, Oilfield Services

    Baker Hughes

  • Terry Bonno
    Terry Bonno

    Industrial Advisor

    EQT

  • Galen Cobb
    Galen Cobb

    Vice President Industry Relations

    Halliburton

  • Chris L. Golden
    Chris L. Golden

    Senior Vice President, U.S. Upstream

    Equinor

  • Jeff Gorski
    Jeff Gorski

    Energy Executive

  • Julie Robertson
    Julie Robertson

    Energy Executive

    Retired

  • Lees Rodionov
    Lees Rodionov

    Director – Sustainability

    Schlumberger

  • Scott Rowe
    Scott Rowe

    President & CEO

    Flowserve Corporation

  • Rob Saltiel
    Rob Saltiel

    President & CEO

    MRC Global

  • Clay Williams
    Clay Williams

    Chairman, President & CEO

    National Oilwell Varco

  • David Williams
    David Williams

    Energy Executive

    Retired

Spindletop Staff

  • Lia Vallone
    Lia Vallone

    Executive Director

Spindletop Board of Ambassadors

The Spindletop Board of Ambassadors serve as advocates to the organization, representing both the operating and service sectors of the energy industry. Each ambassador provides financial support and is actively engaged in Spindletop events.

Spindletop Emerging Leader Steering Committee

The Emerging Leader Steering Committee (ELSC) is comprised of rising leaders from both the operating and service sectors of the energy industry. The Committee is dedicated to building a Spindletop Army of volunteers and plan service projects at Spindletop charity partners for its participants.

From STEM Days to arts & crafts to mentoring and more, our volunteers have the opportunity to work with at-risk kids throughout our community. These individuals span across the oil and gas industry and have a passion for volunteering and helping others. In 2019, the ELSC kicked off its inaugural event, Spindletop Unity in Community, which was a day of volunteering and fellowship where participants split between 5 different charities to complete a service project and returned to a central gathering place for a social. With nearly 100 volunteers in attendance, the event will continue on an annual basis along with many other service projects throughout the year.

To learn more about joining the Spindletop Army and volunteering, please contact Spindletop Charities Executive Director Lia Vallone.

To hear about our volunteer efforts in the community, browse the latest updates on our News Page.

Steering Committee
  • Shane Albers
    Shane Albers

    Advanced Analytics Advisor

    HESS Corporation

  • Blake Arceneaux
    Blake Arceneaux

    Business Development Manager – Baroid

    Halliburton

  • Billy Arnold IV
    Billy Arnold IV

    Director Onshore Sales – Western Hemisphere

    National Oilwell Varco

  • Parker Auld
    Parker Auld

    Commercial Negotiator

    Equinor

  • Alicia Chalmers
    Alicia Chalmers

    Anadarko & Utah Operations Manager

    ConocoPhillips

  • Eric Everett
    Eric Everett

    Principal Commercial – Trinidad North

    BHP

  • LaToya M. Gipson
    LaToya M. Gipson

    Agility Enterprise Coach

    BP

  • Cody Michael Loverin
    Cody Michael Loverin

    Vice President, Oilfield Services

    Enverus

  • Richard Mercer
    Richard Mercer

    Assistant Vice President–
    Energy Investment Banking

    Citi

  • Heetal Patel
    Heetal Patel

    Senior Project Manager

    ExxonMobil Global Projects

  • Jordan Zaiser
    Jordan Zaiser

    Director, Project Management

    Flowserve Corporation

Spindletop Volunteer Service Projects Include:

  • Be An Angel

    SUCCESS Golf

  • Brookwood Community

    Spring Planting and Horticulture Day

    Holiday Poinsettia Planting

  • Bo's Place

    Refurbishing & Repainting Rocking Chairs

  • Casa de Esperanza de los Niños

    Play Day and Story Telling

  • The Children’s Assessment Center

    Back-to-School Program

  • Christian Community Service Center

    Back-to-School Program

    Virtual Food Drive

  • Comp-U-Dot

    Computer Drive

  • Kid's Meals

    Making Healthy Lunches for Pre-Schoolers

  • KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

    Gardening with Middle School Ecology Students

  • Palmer Drug Abuse Program

    Family Fun Day

  • Small Steps Nurturing Center

    Play Day with Pre-Schoolers

  • Workshop Houston

    All-Earth Ecobot Challenge

    Drone Racing Competition

  • Yellowstone Academy

    STEM, Reading and Crafts Day

  • YES Prep Public Schools

    Hack-a-Thon Competition

  • YMCA of Greater Houston

    Spindletop Charities Power

    Scholars Academy

    Operation Backpack Stuffing

  • Youth Development Center

    Summer Enrichment Program

    STEM Saturday

Spindletop Award Recipients

Each year, two individuals representing the energy industry are honored during the Spindletop Holiday Ball. At the Spindletop Golf Tournament, Individual and Team Champions are named.

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  • Spindletop Golf Tournament Champions
    Spindletop Golf Tournament Champions
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