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The PHW Spotlight is our way of shining a bright light on those members of our PHW family whose accomplishments and contributions inspire us all. 

These individuals, and their stories, are an essential part of the healing journey happening for Veterans across the country. Project Healing Waters transcends fly fishing and these Spotlights are a glimpse into what is happening throughout our programs. We are honored to share these with you each week.

This week’s Spotlight is particularly special, as it highlights a group that has been supporting our programs for over a decade, reinforcing one of our largest annual events, and holding important roles within our organization. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do as an organization without the extensive contributions from Golden Corral and the Trenary Family!

Golden Corral – Supporter


Golden Corral

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Based in North Carolina, but serving at hundreds of locations across the United States

Project Healing Waters Programs Supported:

Golden Corral and the Trenary Family have supported Project Healing Waters for over a decade, not only through sponsorship of national ambassador events like the fabled Mossy Creek Invitational and the most recent Daytona outing, but also through personal contributions and even membership on the Board of Trustees and within the Founder’s Circle.

How Long Have You Been Supporting Project Healing Waters?

Since 2011.

Here’s a bit more about Golden Corral and the Trenary Family:

Support from Golden Corral, their president and CEO Lance Trenary, and his daughter Elizabeth Trenary, is hardly a recent thing. Instead, their continued support for over 10 years has ensured that we have been able to engage in our crucial mission to support Veterans along their healing journeys through fly fishing. Lance was honored in 2018 with the Project Healing Waters Patriot Award for his contributions to our cause, and most recently joined us at our event at Daytona International Speedway, alongside the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. Our time at Daytona could not have happened without them: Golden Corral was the presenting sponsor for this event, and Lance was also joined by Skip Hanke and Telly Smith, Golden Corral’s Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Purchasing & Distribution, respectively. It was great to have them join us for some time on the water, as well as to play a crucial part in the camaraderie and connectedness of the weekend. More on that event will follow soon!

Elizabeth, in addition to being a member of the Project Healing Waters Board of Trustees, has the distinction of having hoisted the Mossy Creek Invitational winner’s trophy alongside Jessica Dial in 2013. The MCI remains a premiere event in the Project Healing Waters rotation, and the bragging rights from that tournament are well-deserved! It’s an honor to have distinguished individuals like Elizabeth and Lance not only do so much to support our mission and our Veterans, but also to join our Veterans on the water and see the impact of their contributions first hand.

We can’t thank Golden Corral or the Trenary Family enough for their contributions over the years, but we look forward to sharing more days on the water alongside them in the future. Project Healing Waters is only a part of the wider support that Golden Corral provides to the American Veteran community. Their Camp Corral initiative is an amazing example of that continuing support.

The PHW Spotlight will publish each Friday morning on Learn more about this inspiring series HERE

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