By giving more than $3.75 million during its 30 years of service, The Sandy Springs Society has generously supported a variety of organizations that serve in the areas of the arts, heritage, environmental initiatives, education, social services and more in Sandy Springs.

In 2018 alone, The Sandy Springs Society awarded $218,500 to 19 nonprofits in Sandy Springs for projects including: purchasing eight water aerobics aqua bikes for the Dorothy Benson Senior Center; funding the TeenBiz 3000 reading program for North Springs High School; purchasing “Fab Lab” equipment for the Riverwood Foundation’s innovation initiative; helping the Senior Services of North Fulton to provide senior adults with medical appointment transportation; and funding bus transportation for children attending Horizons Atlanta’s summer enrichment program at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. 

 “We generate significant income for our grant applicants through generous corporate, foundation and individual sponsorships and through our two annual fundraisers that anchor our year, The Elegant Elf and Tossed Out Treasures,” said Julia Doyle, Sandy Springs Society Board of Directors member. 

The Elegant Elf Marketplace is held the second weekend in November, just prior to the busy shopping season. This highly anticipated community event gathers talented artisans and vendors to Sandy Springs for a weekend holiday market.  In 2018, The Society hosted over 90 vendors, the largest Marketplace to date, held at the beautiful new City Springs venue. 

Each March, The Society hosts its “upscale resale” event, Tossed Out Treasures. According to this year’s Chair Rita Bodner, “Members gather donations of quality merchandise, featuring items as varied as silver, linens, women’s and children’s clothing, and housewares throughout the Atlanta area, to be held this year on March 22 and 23, in the former Michael’s commercial space, at 1155 Mt. Vernon Highway.”

The Sandy Springs Society was formed in 1988 by a group of eight community-minded women who each invited a friend with a generous heart, strong leadership and organizational skills, and a desire to directly help their local Sandy Springs community. Much of this core of 16 founding members and 108 other charter members are still active in The Sandy Springs Society.

Today, 30 years later, it is a vibrant organization of 310 dedicated and civic-minded women who contribute philanthropic support all year long throughout the Sandy Springs community. President Sue Winner says, “Having not only direction from, but camaraderie and lifelong friendships within this group of amazing women allows us – and the entire community – to draw on our rich 30-year heritage and to solidify our impact for coming decades.”

The Society supports Heritage Sandy Springs and other nonprofit organizations which include: The Community Assistance Center;Every Woman Works; Am Yisreal Chai; Mr. Tom’s Heart; Prevent Blindness Georgia; Los Ninos Primeros; Sandy Springs Education Force; Sandy Springs Mission; Second Helpings Atlanta; Mary Hall Freedom House; Sandy Springs Tennis Association; Spalding Drive Charter Foundation and more.

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