Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua blue and Sterling Spoon’s 18th Annual Golf Classic Swings Sept. 19


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Fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia Will Help Push 18-Year Total Raised Over $730,000

ATLANTA (Sept. 13, 2016) – Golf has the power to change lives. Just ask Josh Jansma, who is enthusiastically volunteering with Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua blue and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management as they host their 18th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 19.  The much-loved tournament, which includes contests on the green, prizes and gourmet tavern fare, raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) to help athletes like Jansma participate in events throughout the state.

“Josh didn't speak at all for the first eight years of his life,” says his mother, Colleen Jansma. “Being a part of SOGA has given him more confidence; enough so that he was able to be employed in a real job. As a volunteer, he has been chosen and trained by SOGA as a Global Messenger, participating in events like this one to spread the word that supporting Special Olympics makes a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Marlow’s tournament is one of Josh’s favorites. He feels like the owners and staff have embraced him as part of their ‘family.’”

John C. Metz, executive chef, CEO and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon and co-founder of Aqua blue, agrees. “Watching Josh’s transformation has been a gift. What continues to drive me is knowing how many athletes we have the ability to reach through the tournament.  Since 1999, we’ve raised almost $700,000 through the tournament and other events. This year, our goal is to donate a net amount of $80,000 through the tournament alone, which will allow approximately 900 athletes to participate in competitions.  It’s hard to adequately define what a gift it is to be able to help shape their lives. Their courage and dedication enriches not only my life, but the lives of our staff members and the community which helps us bring SOGA’s mission to life.”

The Country Club of Roswell, located at 2500 Club Springs Drive in Roswell, hosts the event. Jay Butler of Oracle is this year’s event chair. Buffalo Wild Wings’ Steve Thomas is honorary chair. As part of the tradition, 19th hole sponsor Aqua blue is hosting a post-tournament party open to all.  The $50 per person admission includes dinner, awards ceremony, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and casino night. All proceeds benefit SOGA. Reservations for the party can be made in advance, but walk-ins are also welcome. Aqua blue is located at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.  

To make a donation, become a sponsor or make a reservation for the after-party at Aqua blue, contact Susan Skolnick at 770-414-9390 x111 or Susan.Skolnick@specialolympicsga.org.

About Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar
For more than 15 years, Aqua blue has brought chef-driven, global cuisine to Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The menu boasts the freshest, seasonal ingredients from around the world served in an elegant and exciting atmosphere, giving diners more than just a meal but an unforgettable dining experience. Aqua blue is located in Roswell at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road. For more information about Aqua blue, call 770-643-8886 or visit aquablueatl.com.

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Ga., and has continued to grow over the years, adding several Atlanta-area restaurants and four locations in Orlando, Fla. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit marlowstavern.com.   

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management
Sterling Spoon Culinary Management combines talented chefs, dedicated employees and outstanding culinary and financial management to provide corporate café and on-site contract management clients extraordinary food and hospitality with an innovative retail restaurant approach. Founded by culinary-trained chefs, Sterling Spoon focuses on fresh, delicious offerings with a contemporary twist. The company’s goal is two-fold: to exceed clients’ objectives at all times and to offer clients a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience to their employees and visitors daily at their place of business. For more information, visit sterlingspoon.com.

About Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 25 Olympic-type sports for 27,110 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. For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsGA.org.


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