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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 almost 3 million.
  • The Sandy Springs Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Breakfast with Santa and the Elves



Join Santa and the Elves for a pancake breakfast and loads of fun.  Your little ones will make crafts for Santa to take to his reindeer, and will help the elves with all the surprises they have in store.  Santa will be ready for pictures, hugs, wish lists and letters that your child might have for him! Be sure to bring your camera!

Saturday, November 7th

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Heritage Sandy Springs

Lower Level Ballroom

6110 Blue Stone Rd NE,

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Individual tickets are $20 for both adults & children over 2.

Tickets will be available for the general public on October 10th.


Friends of the Elves

Friends of the Elves Program  2015

The Sandy Springs Society’s 5th Annual Elegant Elf Marketplace is coming up on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th at Lake Forest Elementary School. This exciting holiday shopping event will feature nearly 80 vendors who will be selling an array of exciting gift items for the upcoming holidays.  You won’t want to miss it!

In addition, we invite you to support our fundraising efforts by joining a special group of contributors – Friends of the Elves!  All it takes to join this merry band is a tax deductible donation of $250.00.  In return, you will receive the following special benefits:

Two complimentary admission tickets to the Marketplace which are good for either day (value $10.00)

One coupon for our fabulous Polar Express Cafe’ (value $7.00)

One ticket for an exciting raffle (value $5.00)

It is important to note that the Society is operated entirely by volunteers and, thus, has little in the way of administrative expenses.  All proceeds directly benefit the residents of our wonderful city.  Our grants focus on social services, education, the environment, arts and heritage.    

Please don't wait - join Friends of the Elves today!  Click HERE to pay via Pay Pal or by sending your check made out to The Sandy Springs Society and mailing it to: V.P., Fundraising, The Springs Society, P.O. Box 720074, Sandy Springs,  GA  30358. If you have questions or need more information, call Clanci Jordan at 404-934-4652, or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you for your consideration!

A BIG Thank you!
Special thanks to IBM for providing marketing training to our members, so we can better promote our cause. Brenda Toan gave an excellent presentation to Board Members involved with our website, promotion and social media. For participating in the training, The Sandy Springs Society received a $2,000 grant from IBM! Thank you IBM for all you do for our community!
The Society has also been awarded our first ever grant of $2500 from the City of Sandy Springs, to assist in staging the Tossed Out Treasures event March 3-5, 2016.  This is a widely supported community event in Sandy Springs serving a diverse group of citizens, all who enjoy finding and purchasing gently used items from our homes to add to their family's collections and household needs.  Having the City's financial support recognizes all of our hardworking volunteer efforts (and hours!) to improve the qualify of life in Sandy Springs. Recognition should go to Elizabeth Kelly for single-handedly applying for the $4000 grant this year and to the leadership of Kate Dalba, Lib Thompson, Jan Collins, Gail Cohn and others who worked tirelessly in April 2014 to change the City's not-for-profit policy.  This was necessary so that our 27 year old organization serving Sandy Springs would not be excluded from eligibility to apply for an award from the City. Thank you to the City of Sandy Springs!
The Elegant Elf Marketplace 2015


5th Annual Holiday Gift Market

November 7 – 8, 2015
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm


Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

5920 Sandy Springs Circle
Lake Forest Elementary School(MAP)

Directly across from the Lefont Sandy Springs Theaters

Convenient parking on site


Don’t miss this chance to “shop for a cause”!  Take care of all of your 2015 gift-giving needs in a winter wonderland of festive fun AND help the Sandy Springs community just by attending!

At the 2015 Elegant Elf Marketplace you’ll find 7o or more local and national vendors and artists offering unique and beautiful items, hand-made crafts, home décor, children’s goods, artistic creations, gourmet foods and more

The Elegant Elf Marketplace is one of the Sandy Springs Society’s main fundraisers.  Proceeds will go back into the Sandy Springs community to support Education, the Arts, the Environment, Heritage Preservation and Social Services.  The Society will also direct a substantial payment to our host site, Lake Forest Elementary School, to help fund student field trips in 2015-2016.



Sandy Springs Society Dedicates White Oak to Mayor Galambos

valerie mayor tree and plaque2 

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.”


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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Elegant Elf Marketplace Sponsors



Platinum Sponsors

Arrow LOGO 4C


JLB Partners


Gold Sponsors

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Patricia Bowman Terwilliger Family Foundation


Silver Sponsors

Bank of Sandy Springs


Fidelity Bank

Kelly Family Fund

Pat Albert-Wigbels, Preferred Properties Realty, Inc.

Susan and Meade Sutterfield

Brenda Toan and Dick Johnston

Voyles Automotive Group

Lucinda and Pat Whitehead

Bronze Sponsors

Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International


Kate and Russ Dalba                                                                                                                                   

Georgia Blinds and Interiors

Jill Johnson

Marianne Lee

Valerie and Terry Love

Alice T. Nelson

HM Patterson & Son – Arlington Chapel

Powers Ferry Animal Hospital

Sewell Appliance

2015 Friends of the Elves


Community Friends

Goodyear Tire

Perk n’ Pooch

Stoughton & Associates, Inc.

Louie Pittman

Society Friends

Anne Bachman

Betsy Bacon

Lana Ball

Pam and Denny Betz

Gail Cohn

Linda Dixon

Donna Glenn

Sylvia Hennessey

Carol Heyward

Clanci Jordan

Elizabeth Kelly

Penny Kinsey

Pat Levy

Karen Meinzen McEnerny

Ann Nable

Melissa Patterson

Kay Quigley

Janet Quirk

Deede Stephenson

Susan Sutterfield

Carla Sweetwood

Brenda Toan

Sue Winner

Elegant Elf (In-Kind Sponsors)


Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism




TOT Sponsors

City of Sandy Springs

Jo Davidson

Individual Donor
(via Marilin Brown)

General Society Sponsors

Alice T. Nelson
Silver Sponsor

Nancy Juneau
Gold Sponsor

Marianne Lee
Bronze Sponsor