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 $23.1 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.

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.

2020 Spindletop Board of Directors

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

  • Jeff Gorski
    Jeff Gorski

    Energy Executive

  • JF Poupeau
    JF Poupeau

    Executive Vice President, Corporate Engagement

    Schlumberger

  • Julie Robertson
    Julie Robertson

    Executive Chairman

    Noble Corporation

  • Scott Rowe
    Scott Rowe

    President & CEO

    Flowserve Corporation

  • Rob Saltiel
    Rob Saltiel

    Energy Executive

  • Clay Williams
    Clay Williams

    Chairman, President & CEO

    National Oilwell Varco

  • David Williams
    David Williams

    Industry Executive

    Retired

Spindletop Staff

  • Constance White
    Constance White

    Executive Director

  • Lia Vallone
    Lia Vallone

    Associate Director

2020 Spindletop Board of Ambassadors

The Spindletop Board of Ambassadors serve as advocates to the organization, representing both the operating and service sectors of the oil and gas 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 oil and gas industry. These men and women are dedicated to building a Spindletop Army of volunteers and plan service projects at Spindletop-supported charities 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 Associate Director Lia Vallone.

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

2020 Steering Committee
  • Shane Albers
    Shane Albers

    Advisor, Planning & Strategy

    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

    Permian Planning and Integration Supervisor

    ConocoPhillips

  • Eric Everett
    Eric Everett

    Principal Commercial – Trinidad North

    BHP

  • LaToya M. Gipson
    LaToya M. Gipson

    Agility Coach, Upstream Modernization & Transformation

    BP

  • Cody Michael Loverin
    Cody Michael Loverin

    Vice President, Oilfield Services

    Enverus

  • Richard Mercer
    Richard Mercer

    Sr. Reservoir Engineer, Permian Resources –
    TX Delaware Basin

    Oxy

  • Heetal Patel
    Heetal Patel

    Senior Project Manager

    ExxonMobil Global Projects

  • Jordan Zaiser
    Jordan Zaiser

    Director, Project Management

    Flowserve Corporation

Spindletop Volunteer Service Projects Include:

  • Brookwood Community

    Spring Planting and Horticulture Day

    Holiday Poinsettia Planting

  • Bo's Place

    Painting, Planting & Organizing

  • Casa de Esperanza de los Niños

    Play Day and Story Telling

  • The Children’s Assessment Center

    Painting with a Purpose

  • Christian Community Services Center

    Back-to-School Program

  • KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

    Gardening with Middle School Ecology Students

  • Small Steps Nurturing Center

    Play Day with Pre-Schoolers

  • Spindletop Charities, Inc.

    Spindletop Golf Tournament

    Holiday Toy Drive

  • Workshop Houston

    All-Earth Ecobot Challenge

    Drone Racing Competition

  • Yellowstone Academy

    STEM, Reading and Crafts Day

  • Youth Development Center

    Summer Enrichment Program

    STEM Saturday

    Extreme Building Makeover

  • YMCA of Greater Houston

    Spindletop Charities Power
    Scholars Academy

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 Holiday Ball Honorees
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  • Spindletop Golf Tournament Champions
    Spindletop Golf Tournament Champions
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