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AK Steel Honors Women For Strength, Courage, Compassion And Leadership

    AK Steel Honors Women For Strength, Courage, Compassion And Leadership

Company's Foundation Underwrites Steel Magnolia Awards

PR Newswire

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2013

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of women who
have overcome obstacles to make a positive difference in the lives of others,
the AK Steel Foundation is underwriting the Steel Magnolia Awards – honoring
four women who reside in the vicinity of AK Steel's corporate headquarters and
plant operations. The awards are worth $1,000 each, and will be presented in
the form of a grant made to an eligible non-profit organization selected by
each recipient.

"All of the award recipients are courageous women who, despite personal
challenges, have made a significant difference in the lives of others," said
James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel. "Through the
company's foundation, we are proud to honor these inspirational women by
sponsoring the Steel Magnolia Awards."

The Middletown, Ohio, Community Foundation independently administers the Steel
Magnolia Awards Program. For additional information about the program,
contact the Middletown Community Foundation at 513-424-7369.

2013 Steel Magnolia Award Recipients:

  oDoris Frakes of Rockport, Indiana - While challenged with a series of
    family medical issues and loss, Doris continues her volunteer efforts at
    St. Bernard School and the Historical Society. She also delivers meals to
    home-bound individuals and helps organize an annual Chamber of Commerce
    fair. Her award will support the Way of Rockport, which provides
    transitional housing, prison outreach, GED classes and addiction recovery
    services.



  oAnita Ream of Shelby, Ohio - A cancer survivor herself, Anita lost her
    young son to a rare form of the disease in 2006, transforming her into a
    passionate cancer advocate. She has organized several American Cancer
    Society Relay for Life events, spoken at Livestrong events and raised
    funds for pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick's
    Foundation. Her award will support the Shelby Foundation for the Mason
    Ream Memorial Scholarship, which was established in memory of her son.



  oJudy Rolph of Middletown, Ohio - After losing a daughter and caring for
    multiple family members with special needs, Judy continues to be regarded
    as a cornerstone of her local church. Battling cancer herself, Judy's
    co-workers describe her as someone who exemplifies how to face adversity
    with class, strength, determination and joy. Her award will benefit
    "Women's Health Issues in the Miami Valley Sisterhood" which provides
    health care assistance for local women in need.



  oAnn Wiseman of Ashland, Kentucky - Following several surgeries, Ann
    retired as a nurse but remains one of the community's leading volunteers.
    A former Lions Club president, she organizes Community Kitchen food
    drives, moderates a Presbyterian women's group, is county secretary for
    the Extension Services Homemaker's Group and fundraises for the Highlands
    Museum. Her award will support the Ashland Area Presbyterian Clean Start
    Ministries, which provides services for the homeless.

SOURCE AK Steel

Website: http://www.aksteel.com
Contact: Media - Michael P. Wallner, General Manager, Communications and PR,
513-425-2688