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 1966, Spindletop has contributed over $22 million to aid programs supporting at-risk youth. This has been possible through hosting annual events attended by oil and gas industry executives and future leaders. We have been making a positive impact for youth, mostly in the Greater Houston Area, which include successful programs targeting child abuse prevention, pediatric medical research, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and rehabilitation, education and scholarships, school safety, therapeutic services and after-school programs, and family health.

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 with the oil and gas industry. Today, because of Spindletop’s solid foundation, the support from the industry and the many dedicated volunteers, Spindletop continues to make significant contributions to area youth charities.

Since 1966 over $21 million has been raised to aid such programs as child abuse prevention, pediatric medical research, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and rehabilitation, education and scholarships, residential and educational centers, after-school programs and family health.

Spindletop’s successful fundraising is the result of three major annual events: the Spindletop Oilmen’s Golf Tournament, the Spindletop Holiday Ball and the Spindletop Mardi Gras Celebration, as well as general donations. The two-day Spindletop Golf Tournament is traditionally held the weekend prior to the Offshore Technology Conference. It is the world’s largest oilmen’s charity golf tournament having worldwide participation. The annual Spindletop Holiday Ball remains the premiere holiday event in the industry, highlighting the various charities supported throughout the year. The Spindletop Mardi Gras Celebration is the first Spindletop event of the year, and continues to grow in popularity amongst its sponsors.

Spindletop Charities, Inc. is managed by an eleven person Board of Trustees, executives who are representative of both the service and operating sectors of the oil and gas industry. The two full-time Spindletop employees work closely with the Trustees, volunteers and they each spend quality time volunteering with several Spindletop supported youth organizations. Thanks to the generosity of an in-kind donation from Schlumberger, the Spindletop offices are located in its corporate headquarters in Houston.

2019 Spindletop Board of Trustees

Spindletop Charities, Inc. is managed by a Board of Trustees representative of executives from the service and operating sectors of the oil and gas industry.

  • Liam Mallon, President
    Liam Mallon, President

    ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company

  • Lee Tillman, Chairman
    Lee Tillman, Chairman

    Marathon Oil Corporation

  • Terry Bonno
    Terry Bonno


  • Galen Cobb
    Galen Cobb


  • Jeff Gorski
    Jeff Gorski

    Tidewater Inc.

  • JF Poupeau
    JF Poupeau


  • Scott Rowe
    Scott Rowe

    Flowserve Corporation

  • Rob Saltiel
    Rob Saltiel

    Atwood Oceanic

  • Starlee Sykes
    Starlee Sykes


  • Clay Williams
    Clay Williams

    National Oilwell Varco

  • David Williams
    David Williams


Spindletop Staff

  • Constance White
    Constance White

    Executive Director

  • Lia Vallone
    Lia Vallone

    Associate Director

2019 Spindletop Advisory Board

The Spindletop Advisory Directors serve as ambassadors to the organization, representing both the operating and service sectors of the oil and gas industry. Each advisory director provides financial support and is actively engaged in Spindletop events.

Spindletop Award Recipients

Two Individuals representing the oil and gas industry are honored during the annual Spindletop Holiday Ball. During the annual Spindletop Oilmen’s Golf Tournament Individual and Team Champions are named.

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    Spindletop Golf Tournament Champions
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