Golfers interested in helping support local veterans and Forsyth County deputies will soon have the opportunity to do so while playing the sport.
On Tuesday, the Warriors Entrepreneurs Network, or WEN – a local organization dedicated to supporting veterans in starting, owning and growing their own small businesses – in partnership with Taco Mac, will hold its third golf tournament at the Windermere Golf Club as part of the 2017 Taco Mac WENner’s Golf Series.
The series raises money for WEN, with some of Tuesday’s proceeds also going to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s Benevolent Association Dedicated to Giving to Employees, or B.A.D.G.E.
B.A.D.G.E, which was founded in 2015, gives aid and supports the “overall wellbeing” of sheriff’s office employees, according to its website.
Dave Lineberry, owner and founder of WEN, said the organization was a natural choice, given his son is a Forsyth County deputy.
Each tournament has a different charity it benefits, he said.
Lineberry, who started WEN just more than a year ago, said his business model is unique.
Catered towards veterans and their “plus ones” – direct family members – the company largely focuses on developing business models and offers consulting services.
WEN’s services are also free.
“American soldiers and veterans all sacrifice so we can have that American dream, and small businesses are the backbone of [that dream],” Lineberry said. “[WEN] is a passion that I wanted to do to save companies, create jobs, help veterans start their own businesses, but also make sure they have a reality of what they’re getting into.
“There are a lot of times when people think, ‘Oh, this will be a good idea,’ and they don’t know what they’re getting into. I want to be that support system for our veterans and our plus ones.”
Lineberry said the golf series is key to keeping his business running.
“We don’t accept donations; we earn our money,” he said, “so this is important. It also creates an opportunity for the business community and the military community to come together and foster company involvement so they can interact with soldiers.
“The tournament brings awareness to the issues involving veterans and [makes] veterans aware that other organizations out there are doing good work. It also recognizes work and sacrifices law enforcement makes.”
The series will culminate in a grand tournament for qualifying players at the East Lake Golf Club in November.
To register for Tuesday’s event at Windermere or for information on future events, visit atlantagolfevents.com/wenners-golf-series.