A dedicated husband and a father of two, Stricker spends much of his time off the course helping others through his involvement with charities assisting children and adults with disabilities.
In presenting the Payne Stewart Award, Southern Company contributes each year to three charities, including Payne and his wife Tracy Stewart's primary charity – The Stewart Family Foundation – The First Tee of the Ozarks located in Stewart's native Missouri and a charity designated by the recipient.
"Southern Company recognizes the importance of supporting our local communities through charitable giving," said Fanning. "In 2011 alone, our company donated $28 million to charitable causes and our employees contributed more than 250,000 hours of service to our local communities. Our support of the Payne Stewart Award is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our communities are better off because we serve them."
Past recipients of the Payne Stewart Award include: Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (2000); Ben Crenshaw (2001); Nick Price (2002); Tom Watson (2003); Jay Haas (2004); Brad Faxon (2005); Gary Player (2006); Hal Sutton (2007); Davis Love III (2008); Kenny Perry (2009); Tom Lehman (2010); and David Toms last year.With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, 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 below the national average. Southern Company also is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com. SOURCE Southern Company