Sterling Culinary Management Raises over $88K for Special Olympics Georgia

Annual Tournament has Benefitted Athletes and Their Families Since 1999
Marlow’s Tavernthe Woodall and Sterling Culinary Management executive chef, CEO and co-founder John C. Metz is pleased to announce that its 25th Annual Golf Classic has raised $88,500 for Special Olympics Georgia.

“Our annual Golf Classic benefitting Special Olympics Georgia is the highlight of our fundraising efforts, and we are honored to see how these contributions benefit and empower athletes and their families,” says Metz. “We are extremely grateful to our supporters and participants who join forces each year to raise money for this amazing organization.”

This year’s golf tournament took place on Oct. 12 at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Georgia, with participants enjoying breakfast, lunch and a challenging round of golf that culminated in an awards reception featuring live music and a silent auction where all money raised will directly benefit Special Olympics Georgia athletes. Since the inception of its partnership with SOGA in 1999, the restaurant group has raised more than $1.7 million to help fund athletic competitions and provide life-changing experiences to the more than 17,429 athletes, their families and the community.

“Sterling Hospitality’s fundraising initiatives enable us to plan and support our athletic events for the next 12 months,” says Georgia Milton-Sheats, CEO of Special Olympics Georgia. “We are always in awe of the energy and excitement that the participants bring each year to champion our athletes and their families.”

Most delegate athletes participate in multiple sports so the funds allow them to travel to multiple places, stay for the weekend when they compete and socialize with their teammates and friends they have made over time.
About Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 26 Olympic-type sports for 17,429 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

About Sterling Hospitality
Sterling Hospitality operates Marlow’s Tavern, which offers classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist, as well as Sterling Culinary Management, which specializes in creating on-site restaurant and café options for the corporate dining industry; Market Street Café, a corporate café concept located in the Prominence Tower building; the Woodall, which serves a globally inspired take on contemporary favorites; and The Spinning Room, an upscale wine and bar offering small plates and live music in Dalton, Georgia. In 2022, the Georgia Restaurant Association named Sterling Hospitality its Hospitality Hero of the Year during the annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards ceremony.