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.
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.”
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.”
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.