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Welcome to The Society

The Sandy Springs Society is a charitable organization of women that was founded in March 1988 to support programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of Sandy Springs. Through its yearly grant process, the organization supports Heritage Sandy Springs and other non-profits in the community that promote the arts, heritage, education, the environment and social services.

  • The Sandy Springs Society raises money for its grants through fundraisers, corporate and foundation sponsorships, membership dues and other contributions.
  • To date, the Society has awarded grants of more than $2.56 million.
  • The Sandy Springs Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Gearing Up for Tossed Out Treasures
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The Sandy Springs Society will host the 23rd annual “Tossed Out Treasures” on March 28 - 29, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tom Jumper Chevrolet at 7200 Roswell Road.  For those who don’t wish to wait, an exclusive Preview Party will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where shoppers can browse and buy while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction.

The much-anticipated sale is touted as the ultimate guilt-free shopping experience with bargains on high end treasures including home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, gently-used clothing, and much more.  Treasures are donated by members of the 300-plus Sandy Spring Society members and the community at large, and proceeds from the event have supported the Sandy Springs Community for 23 years.  “Shoppers can expect upscale bargains from some of the best homes, closets and attics in town,” said Kim McAfee, 2014 co-chair who is heading up the event with Dixie Brock and Kathryn Loia.  “Our volunteers work tirelessly over the year to collect, sort, mark and display thousands of treasures in a variety of categories – even a Man’s Cave!  Our event truly offers something for everyone.”

Have something special to donate?  Great!  Bring your quality items items to 7200 Roswell Road on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the period of March 10 through March 22 (March 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22).  The last day donations will be accepted from the general public is March 22, so please be sure to plan accordingly!

Sandy Springs Society Members...along with your other donations, we are asking each and every one of you to donate just ONE very SPECIAL TREASURE to our upcoming Tossed Out Treasures. An item that you know someone else will treasure as you have. Please invite your family and friends to attend or donate! Don't forget to sign up to volunteerr.  We need YOU!

Treasure Hunting Co-Chairs

Kathryn, Dixie and Kim

 Admission to “Tossed Out Treasures” is free and open to the public. Preview party tickets, which are limited, are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  To purchase preview party tickets online, CLICK HERE
Simply Sterling Gala




January 25, 2014


Cobb Energy Center

2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy

(At Akers Mill Rd)

Atlanta, GA 30339

After working for 25 years to build a better community and becoming the leading philanthropic organization in Sandy Springs, we’ve decided to celebrate! On January 25, 2014, we’ll hold our Simply Sterling Gala, and it promises to be …. well, simply sterling!  gala4

Joan Plunkett, Chair of Simply Sterling and a past Sandy Springs Society President, elaborates, “While continuing to raise funds for the non-profit agencies in the Sandy Springs area where there is a need for help, the evening will also celebrate the many ladies who have worked tirelessly for 25 years to make the lives of others better.  The underlying goal of the Founders was to gather the most dynamic and creative women in the community, forming a select group of leaders who would mold the future of Sandy Springs. The Founders will be the Honorary Chairmen of this special event.”  

Simply Sterling Co-chairs, Betsy Harrington, past Philanthropic chair, and Pam Betz, past Elegant Elf Marketplace chair, bring their experience and expertise to the Gala Committee and have planned a festive jubilee.  Highlights will include a live and silent auction with special items such as an Atlanta Hawks sky box and a miniature canvas sale of local well known artists and art students.  The evening will include elegant décor with candelabras and hydrangeas, fine food and wine, entertainment and dancing, fun times, and reminiscing of 25 years of service to the Sandy Springs community.  

Founded in 1988 by sixteen women, the Society has grown to over 300 members who maintain a spirit of dedication to serving the philanthropic needs of their community in the areas of the arts, heritage, education, the environment and social services. Since its inception, the Society has given more than $2.56 million to these community organizations.  Continuing this tradition of reaching out to grant recipients with support and encouraging member participation in all Society fundraising events for the 2013-2014 year is Kate Dalba, current Sandy Springs Society President.  Says Dalba,”I joined the Society over 20 years ago, and who would have imagined that we would have grown to this extent at that time. We’ve made tremendous strides in our community outreach, and I’m so filled with pride to be President during this pivotal 25th anniversary year."

Although there will be limited seating, guests are welcome to unite with the Sandy Springs Society in this historic Simply Sterling -- 25th Anniversary affair.

For information, contact the committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view Sterling Mini Gallery Preview

Debut of 2014 Calendar

calendar-firetruck and childrenOn September 8, 2013, The Sandy Springs Society debuted its 2014 Calendar, “Heroes and Happenings in Sandy Springs,” at the final Concert by the Springs at Heritage Green.  The calendar includes holidays and local events and features whimsical photos of Sandy Springs firefighters, Mayor Galambos, cub scouts and brownies from Heards Ferry Elementary School and Holy Innocents Episcopal School as well as canine friends from Happy Tails Pet Therapy.  After the concert, the calendar will be available in limited quantities at The Sandy Springs Festival on September 21st and 22nd and The Elegant Elf Marketplace on November 16th and 17th.  All proceeds from the sale of the $10 calendar, which was created primarily as a community building project and fundraiser, will be donated to non-profits in the Sandy Springs community.

To purchase a calendar, please contact Anne Sherwood at 770-394-6692 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sandy Springs Society Dedicates White Oak to Mayor Galambos

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On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 am, the City of Sandy Springs held a dedication ceremony for the pocket park at the corner of Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs.  Valerie Love, former President of the Sandy Springs Society, presented Mayor Eva Galambos with a white oak tree that was planted in her name.   “We decided on a white oak tree,” explained Love, “and I felt that was totally appropriate, because white oaks radiate an aura of quiet, calm strength and they also symbolize dignity, durability and diligence, and those characteristics, as you know, definitely represent our Mayor.  They also represent the attributes that we as a city strive to achieve.” The Mayor, clearly pleased with the honor, responded with thanks, adding “The Society (of Sandy Springs) has been the greatest benevolent organization that this community could ask for.  So many good things in Sandy Springs you can attribute to the Society, and you added another one, and these are permanent things that the community will appreciate for years and years to come.”


At Risk Kids Inspired Through Music


On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 1:30pm, a children’s sextet from Franklin Pond Chamber Music performed a free concert for participants of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program in Porter Hall of Holy Innocents School. The Horizons program, which attempts to eliminate the academic gap so frequently experienced by the low-income children who participate in the program, hopes that the performance will allow program participants to see other children achieving through hard work and dedication and in turn establish goals for themselves. Yet the program also benefits Franklin Pond performers, as they learn a sense of community service and hone important skills such as discipline, public speaking and the ability to convey their passion for music through their performance. “As we enter our 25th anniversary year,” noted Kate Dalba, President of The Sandy Springs Society, “it’s gratifying to know we’ve made a difference in the Sandy Springs community and wonderful to see two of our long standing grant recipients working together to further some of the Society’s goals by enriching the lives of children at academic risk through the arts.”


Elegant Elf Soup Cook Off

soup off-04Shoppers arriving at The Elegant Elf will immediately notice the wonderful aromas wafting from the Polar Express Café! Returning this year after a hiatus in 2012, the Café will sell drinks, snacks and our "SSS Special" featuring the new Sandy Springs Society Signature Soup along with Salad and a Sweet treat or bread.  Our Signature Soup -- a hearty and colorful Savory Chicken & Bean Soup -- was chosen by blind vote from four delicious finalists at a festive Soup Cook-Off organized by Julia Doyle and hosted by the New Member Class and held on June 24. 2013. The winning recipe is guaranteed to make our shoppers feel satisfied and happy! 

Helping Those in Need

Here is just a sample of some of the organizations that have benefitted from the Society's commitment to improve the lives of those in our community.

Since 1999, The Sandy Springs Society has awarded multiple grants to the Community Action Center, the only agency in Sandy Springs that focuses on the prevention of homelessness and the provision of basic needs to individuals and families. Funds from the Society have enabled the Community Action Center to purchase commercial freezers, to install technology upgrades and to provide food, clothing, toys, holiday baskets and emergency assistance to families undergoing life or economic challenges.

The Society helped the women of the Mary Hall Freedom House, a comprehensive residential recovery program, to reclaim their lives. Donations from the Society to Mary Hall Freedom House provided MARTA transportation cards for residents and supported work training programs, after school programs and day care programs.

Grants to the Sandy Springs Mission funded transportation for children to an after school enrichment program and helped to support summer programs for underprivileged children.

Senior Services North Fulton
used grants from The Society to purchase equipment to launch a program to provide meals for elderly Sandy Springs residents recently discharged from the hospital. Other grants funded in-home services and transportation for elderly residents who are home bound.

Each year, grants are awarded through The Sandy Springs Society’s Philanthropic Committee to charities that have a significant impact on quality of life of the residents of Sandy Springs.


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Simply Sterling Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Arrow Exterminators
Faye and Lewis Manderson
Joan and Don Plunkett
Southern Insurance Underwriters, Inc.
Jan Collins
Kate and Russ Dalba
Winston and LaFon Dees
Fidelity Bank
Kerry and Andrew Gill
Jill and Rodger Johnson
Jean and Jack Ward
Karen Meinzen McEnerny
Roberts Properties, Inc.
Hilda D. Glenn Fund
Shumate Mechanical
Pam and Denny Betz
Sterling Stars  ($250)
Carol and Bruce Green
Kathryn and Michael Loia
Lorellee and Richard Wolters
Marsh and Greg Webb