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Inaugural Werk-Brau Golf Outing Raises $70,000 for Construction Angels

FINDLAY, OH — The inaugural Werk-Brau Golf Outing to benefit Construction Angels raised over $70,000 to aid families of fallen construction workers in Ohio. In addition to the traditional “longest drive” and “closest to the pin” contests, the festivities included a putting contest — putting with a Case CX17C fitted with a one-of-a-kind Werk-Brau putter head attachment.

“It was great to see the construction industry in Ohio come together for such a fun and worthwhile event,” said Werk-Brau Regional Manager and Golf Outing Chairman Neil Recker. “We’re thrilled with the turnout and that we were able to raise money for this incredibly important cause. Knowing that Ohio families of fallen construction workers will be helped makes the hard work and long hours worthwhile. It was a great day thanks to our golfers, and we couldn’t have done it without our customers, partners, sponsors, and volunteers.”

A total of 28 foursomes from small contractors up to some of the largest in the state such as Kokosing Construction Company and Miller Brothers played the Scarlet Course, with the team from Shelly Company taking home medalist honors. Raffle prizes included many summer essentials including grills, coolers, dining experiences, and more.

Werk-Brau was the Presenting Sponsor, with Murphy Tractor, Alta Equipment, and Ohio Cat, stepping up as Platinum Angel Sponsors. Reineke Family Dealerships was the $10,000 Hole-in-One Challenge Sponsor. Although no-one carded an ace, 25 participants won Cancun vacations. Southeastern Equipment started off the day as the Breakfast Sponsor.

Columbus Equipment sponsored the beverage cart, while Black Cat Wear Parts and Tenna sponsored beverage stations. Silver Angel Sponsors included Kokosing, Rudd Equipment, Aebi Schmidt Group, and Kalida Truck Equipment. The scorecards were sponsored by Clouse Construction Corp, while Trinity Products and Worldwide Logistics Group were Cigar Sponsors.

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The Longest Drive contest was sponsored by Jarrett and Ohio 811 and won by Ben Traetow of Byrne & Jones Construction. Closest to the pin sponsors were ESCO and Weir Esco. SSS Traffic sponsored the barricade hole signs.

Hole sponsors included Advanced Drainage Systems, Aebi Schmidt, Chicago Tube & Iron, Clouse Construction, Columbus Equipment, Jarrett Logistics, Kokosing Construction, Kalida Truck Equipment, M-B Companies, Ohio 811, Olympic Steel, Ritchie Bros., Rudd Equipment, Southeastern Equipment, Stoepfel Drilling, Trinity Products, Weir, and Werk-Brau. National Sponsors of Fallen Angels include United Rentals, Gilbane, Friedman Legal, Alexander Law, SimForMotion, Core & Main, Total Teks Group, and Flagger Force.

Construction Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support and grief counseling to the children and spouse when a construction worker suffers a fatality on the jobsite. They are financially supported by many companies, organizations, unions, and construction associations within the industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated there are 7.2 million people working in the construction industry with projected steady growth over the next 10 years. OSHA reports there are well over 5,000 work site deaths each year in the U.S., and over 20% are in the construction industry. This is approximately 4.5 construction workers killed per working day.

“I want to especially thank the team at Werk-Brau for the hard work and dedication to organize this fundraiser for our charity,” said Construction Angels CEO and Founder/National Executive Director Kristi Gibbs. “An amazing event like this takes a lot of effort, and Neil and the crew at Werk-Brau did an outstanding job. We’re grateful that through their endeavors and the financial contributions of our sponsors and supporters, we’ll be able to serve more Ohio families. We could not be more grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the years to come.”

“While this was the first Werk-Brau Golf Outing to benefit Construction Angels, it won’t be the last,” Recker said. “We’ve had such positive feedback from our sponsors, customers, and partners that we’re already planning for next year’s outing.”

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