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BIRMINGHAM – Three hundred vendors, customers and teammates [employees] of Nucor Steel Alabama met on the greens and fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Oxmoor Valley raising more than $300,000 in the company’s Children’s Charity Classic. The annual golf tournament benefits the patients at Children’s of Alabama pediatric hospital.
Tournament activities included a four-person team scramble, a welcome dinner held at Ross Bridge with live and silent auctions and the announcement of Nucor Tuscaloosa as the winner of the Beads of Courage Journey Challenge. Nucor Tuscaloosa raised $19, 410 to help fund the Beads of Courage Program at Children’s. This program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increases the use of positive coping strategies and helps children find meaning in illness.
“Nucor, with many of our customers, suppliers and vendors, has been associated with Children’s of Alabama for eight years now, and it has been one of the most rewarding relationships,” said Mike Lee, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Decatur. “If all the monies we’ve gathered can save one life, or help one child go home, then it was worth every penny. Nucor is dedicated to its communities and all the people within. We are honored to be associated with Children’s, and are extremely grateful for its state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology that keeps the children of our great state healthy.”
Clay Rasbury, Scott Brian, Jamie Butler and Bill Jennings won the tournament. Each received a green jacket personalized with artwork by patients.
Tournament steering committee members were Todd Green, Nucor Steel Birmingham; Mike Miller, Nucor Steel Decatur; April Pitts, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa; Terry Green and Penny Bryan, American Buildings Company in Eufaula; and Pat Cagle, Vulcraft Alabama in Fort Payne.
In addition to presenting sponsor Ranger Steel, other major sponsors of the tournament include Kinder Morgan; Curbs Plus, Inc.; Chatham Steel Corporation; Sika Corporation; Parker Towing Company, Inc.; Chapel Steel; Feralloy; Siskin Steel; Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company; NEO Industries; Phoenix Metals and several dozen corporate sponsors.
Nucor Alabama operates five plants including American Buildings Company in Eufaula, Nucor Steel Birmingham, Inc., Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., Vulcraft-Alabama in Fort Payne and Nucor Steel Decatur LLC.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.