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BIRMINGHAM (Dec. 7, 2011) – A record number of golfers played in the Nucor Steel Children’s Charity Classic Presented by Ranger Steel in 

Winners of the 2011 Nucor Children’s Charity Classic were presented with green jackets embroidered with the tournament logo and autographed by Children’s of Alabama nurses.  Pictured left to right are: Jason Hopper, Paul Dempsey, Ray Rodriguez, Charles Noto.

October, raising more than $270,000 for the ill and injured boys and girls who are patients at Children’s of Alabama. Nearly 300 vendors, customers and employees of Nucor Steel Alabama’s five operations participated in the fifth annual golf tournament that benefits the nonprofit hospital.

Tournament activities included a four-person team scramble, putting challenge and a welcome dinner buffet held at Ross Bridge with live entertainment and both a silent and live auction. The Sunday evening dinner and  live auction, presented by Kinder Morgan, featured Southern-style cuisine and two handmade putters donated by T.P. Mills Co. including a custom frame built by volunteers at Nucor Steel Decatur, that sold for $21,000 each. The live auction was conducted by Nucor Steel EVP, Ladd Hall. The evening also included a “Shot in the Dark” night putting competition.

 Tournament steering committee members were Terry Green of American Buildings Company, James Huff and Kenneth Miller of Nucor Steel Birmingham, Pat Cagle of Vulcraft Alabama, Mike Miller of Nucor Steel Decatur and April Pitts of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa. The tournament, held at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Oxmoor Valley, has raised more than $1.1 million since its inception in 2007.

“Nucor is committed as charitable stewards across the country,” said James Huff, Nucor Steel Birmingham Melt Shop Manager.  “Partnering with Children’s of Alabama is a logical and admirable cause.   It is a particularly awe-inspiring experience to see how the Children’s staff cares for our next generation.  We are grateful to Children’s and to all the vendors, suppliers and customers of Nucor that make this charitable event a reality.”

In addition to tournament presenting sponsor Ranger Steel, other major sponsors of the fundraiser include Kinder Morgan; Curbs Plus, Inc.; Tube City IMS; Heavy Machines, Inc.; Phoenix Metals; American Cast Iron Pipe Company; Atlas Fasteners for Construction; Birmingham Fastener, Inc.; Chatham Steel Corporation; the Cooper Group of Companies; Parker Towing Company; SES; Sika Corporation; SinterMet Hitachi Metals, and Neo Industries. A full list of corporate sponsors is available at

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.

Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the nation. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—are ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. For more information, visit