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Austal USA Golf Tournament Raises Over $102,000 for United Way

On Thursday, March 27, Austal hosted their Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) at the newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove.  Magnolia Grove was recently named one of the “Top 50 Public Courses” by Golf World Magazine readers and hosts the LPGA Tour each spring.

“In the third year of the tournament, we were able to break $100,000, which is a fantastic achievement,” said Don Keeler, Austal USA’s Vice President of Human Resources and UWSWA’s 2014 Campaign Chair. According to Keeler, this event was an immense success and a great way to begin the UWSWA 2014-2015 campaign. Last year, UWSWA’s campaign raised over $5 million, a 5.2% increase over the previous year’s successful campaign, and Keeler hopes to break that record again.

In a special presentation following the tournament, Michael A. Tweed-Kent, Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Mission Integration Systems division, presented UWSWA with a check for $10,000. This donation was the largest corporate sponsorship for the tournament.

On hand at the event were 140 golfers, including Craig Perciavalle, President of Austal USA.

About Austal

Austal is a global defense prime contractor. The company designs, constructs, and maintains revolutionary platforms such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) for the United States Navy, as well as an extensive range of patrol and auxiliary vessels for defense forces and government agencies globally. Austal also designs, installs, integrates, and maintains sophisticated communications, radar, and command and control systems.

Austal’s defense shipyard in Mobile, Alabama is one of three primary facilities for the company. For more information, visit

About General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems delivers valuable, innovative and enduring mission solutions accelerated by our smart people, domain understanding and commitment. Please visit to learn more.

About United Way of Southwest Alabama

The United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) serves Mobile, Washington, and Clarke Counties. Created in 1926 as a Community Chest, UWSWA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the community. The vision of UWSWA is to strengthen communities by focusing on united and mobilizing resources in support of the building blocks for a better life: Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Essentials. UWSWA has raised and invested more than $240 million into our community to help strengthen the capacity of positive community progress. Many of these issues that affect our community are addressed by the funded programs and initiatives that help more than 600,000 local people each year. For more information, visit