Southern Company Gas Gives More Than Just Money to Support Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

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Southern Company Gas Gives More Than Just Money to Support Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

ATLANTA (April 27, 2005) – As a supporter of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez, Southern Company Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), announces plans that extend far beyond the golf course. Employees from the natural gas marketer will work with the East Lake Community Foundation on two events for students from the East Lake community’s Charles R. Drew Charter School. The Foundation is one of three primary beneficiaries of the annual LPGA event. As part of Southern Company Gas Day with the East Lake Community Foundation on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, SCG will sponsor “Fun on the Fairway” at Charlie Yates Golf Course. LPGA players Tonya Gill, Stephanie Louden, Kim Williams, and Laura Davies, in town to participate in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, and five corporate women will play a 9-hole round of golf with 10 elementary and middle school girls from Drew Charter School who participate in The First Tee of East Lake, a program offering golf instruction, mentoring, equipment and golf and tournament play opportunities to neighborhood children.

The event is designed to involve young girls in the sport and help them understand other benefits of the game.

“Southern Company Gas is committed to the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship because of its strong mission to support the educational development of children in the community,” said Jocelyn Stargel, director of External Affairs for Southern Company Gas. “We want to teach children that the principles of golf, such as discipline, honesty, hard work and integrity, also will help them succeed in life.”

In addition to sponsoring “Fun on the Fairway,” Southern Company Gas employees will spend time at. Drew Charter School, a K-8 neighborhood school of 770 students.. Employees will read and share experiences and life lessons with students.

As the basic commitment of its sponsorship, Southern Company Gas will sponsor the Southern Company Gas Executive Symposium with Truett Cathy at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Eagle’s Landing Country Club. Employee volunteers will be provided for events throughout the tournament and host an informational booth at the venue entrance.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), markets and distributes natural gas to residential and small commercial customers throughout Georgia. For more information about Southern Company Gas, please call 1-866-SOCOGAS (1-866-762-6427) or visit

About Southern Company

With more than 4 million customers and nearly 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super-regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states, a growing competitive generation company and a competitive retail natural gas business, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are 15 percent below the national average. Southern Company has been ranked the nation’s top energy utility in the American Customer Satisfaction Index five years in a row. Southern Company has more than 500,000 shareholders, making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United States. Visit the Southern Company Web site at

About East Lake Community Foundation

The East Lake Community Foundation was established in 1995 to help transform one of the nation’s most violent public housing projects into an award-winning mixed-income community. Drawing on the expertise and resources of public and private partners, the Foundation developed a new community which includes The Villages of East Lake, an apartment complex with half market-rate and half subsidized units; Charles R. Drew Charter School, the city of Atlanta’s first public charter school; the East Lake Family YMCA; Sheltering Arms Early Learning Center; and the Charlie Yates Golf Course, a public, 18-hole golf course that is home to The First Tee of East Lake, a year-round golf and mentoring program for East Lake youth. The Foundation’s mission is to help the families of The Villages of East Lake and the children of Drew Charter School break the cycle of poverty and build a better future for themselves through education, excellent affordable housing, job readiness and connections with the broader community. The East Lake model is working. Crime rates are way down, school test scores and property values are up and most adults in the East Lake community are now working. For more information, please visit