Sterling Spoon Culinary Management hosted their 17th Annual Golf Classic in September to raise funds for Special Olympics Georgia. Sterling Spoon also hosted two Marlow’s Tavern grand opening parties in Woodstock and Roswell that benefited the charity. The combined amount raised from all three events this fall was $100,000, putting the partnership’s grand total well over $600,000 since inception.
“A big part of being a neighborhood restaurant company is connecting with the people and causes in our communities,” said John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua blue and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. “Seeing how we have made a difference for the Special Olympics athletes here in Georgia has been very rewarding for our team, and we are grateful to our sponsors and guests who continue supporting this great cause year after year with us.”
Steve Martin is the manager of ArtLite, he signed on as a golfer for the inaugural outing and has been a participant since, most recently as the event chair.
“I always thought Special Olympics was a great cause, but I had no idea just how great until I chaired this golf tournament and met some of the athletes from the Georgia chapter,” he says. “It’s so uplifting to watch their faces filled with joy out there on the course. As long as I can hold a club, I plan to be a part of this amazing golf outing.”
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 25 Olympic-type sports for 26,702 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal is to help bring people with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.
Pictured: John Metz, Josh Jansma, Steve Thomas, Steve Martin, Susan Skolnick, Hank Clark