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15th Annual Golf Classic To Benefit Special Olympics Georgia

Aqua blue

Aqua blue (Photo Credit: Lauren Rubinstein)

Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar are hosting their 15th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic, featuring exciting golf competition, contests on the course, fun prizes and gourmet tavern fare. Golfers will putt for a good cause on Monday, September 23, as the event benefits Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) – an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 25 Olympic-type sports for 25,878 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.

“Our 16-year relationship with SOGA means a great deal to our company and teams,” says John C. Metz, co-founder of Aqua blue and executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. “It has taught us all how truly important and impactful becoming part of the local communities we serve can be to so many. I have many fond memories from partnering with such a generous organization that enriches the athletes, our city and our employees.”


Participants at the Golf Benefit (Photo Credit: Erica Goss)

This year’s event chair is Ben Shanley, vice president of National Distribution Organization for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Shanley has been involved as a participant and corporate sponsor since the tournament’s inception. “My wife JoAnn and I have always enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics events,” said Shanley. “It’s our way to give back to these special athletes, their families and the community.”

Shanley is committed to recruiting new sponsors in order to help raise money for SOGA and developing the focus and goals for the event and fundraising initiatives. The Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic has helped raise more than $425,000 for SOGA since 1999.

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John C. Metz of Marlow’s Tavern (Photo Credit: Lauren Rubinstein)

“Marlow’s Tavern’s continued commitment to supporting the Special Olympics movement helps provide hope, opportunity, success and acceptance to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Georgia,” says Susan Skolnick, director of development and major gifts for SOGA.

The Golf Classic will take place at the Country Club of Roswell, followed by an after party with an awards dinner and an incredible silent auction at Aqua blue.

For over 12 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. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner daily from 4 to 10 p.m.

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 two locations in Orlando, FL. 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.


Patrons enjoying themselves at the Tavern (Photo Credit: Marlow’s Tavern)

Sterling Spoon Culinary Management (SSCM) 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, SSCM 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 consumers a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience for their employees and visitors daily at their place of business.

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Country Club of Roswell
2500 Club Springs Dr
Roswell, GA 30076
Ph. 770-475-7800

For event information contact: Susan Skolnick at 770-414-9390 x111.

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