Since 1995, the Sandy Springs Society has recognized a volunteer in our community who exemplifies the spirit of community service by contributing to the betterment of Sandy Springs and acknowledges the individual’s contributions by donating a check for $1,000 to the 501(c)(3) charity of the recipient’s choice. Individuals who are paid for their service and members of the Society are not eligible, but members’ spouses and families are.

Spirit of Sandy Springs Award 2017

Trisha Thompson Fox


Past Society President Carol Anne Hendrix, Sandy Springs District 3 City Councilman Chris Burnett, Presenter Gail Cohn, and Recipient Trisha Thompson Fox

This year’s Spirit of Sandy Springs Award recipient personifies active and engaged citizenship in our community.  Trisha Thompson Fox has been a major force in shaping Sandy Springs at the neighborhood, city and county levels since 1994 when she helped found the North Riverside Neighborhood Association. She served as president of the association and continues her involvement today as a board member.

Her neighborhood work may have started in North Riverside, but she took that experience to the next level as a founding board member and president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighbors. She continues to serve her community as a board member of the Sandy Springs Conservancy and sits on various citizen advisory committees having to do with zoning and future planning.

Trisha’s influence has touched neighborhood civic associations, preserving our green space, protecting the quality of life in our community, zoning, and planning for the future including The Next 10 and the development of our new City Center. In addition to her volunteer work with the city, Trisha was instrumental in the donation and creation of Lost Corners Park and co-founded Friends of Lost Corner.

In a recent email to his constituents, Council member Andy Bauman (District 6) described Trisha as “a tireless advocate for Sandy Springs neighborhoods and a selfless and dedicated volunteer within our community.”

The Sandy Springs Society is honored to honor Trisha Thompson Fox as the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award


The recipient of the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award is chosen by an independent group of community judges from among the outstanding nominations each year.


Previous Spirit of Sandy Springs Award Recipients

1995 Kathy Klatt

1996 William Huff

1997 Eva Galambos

1998 Charles Balch

1999 James M. Anderson III

2000 Wilson McClure

2001 Willis Walter Cleveland

2002 Ham Henson

2003 Milton Gorman

2004 Linda Bain

2005 Douglas W. Kessler**

2006 Joseph Mayson

2007 D. J. DeLong

2008 Tom Umstead

2009 Guy Berger

2010 Beppie Lever

2011 Fran Farias

2012 Rich Brown

2013 Clarke Otten

2014 No Award Given

2015 Bob Knox

2016 Willis Lanier

Deceased** awarded posthumously

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Guidelines for Nominations for the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award

For an individual to be eligible for nomination for the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award, the following criteria must be met:

  • Nominees may not be members of The Sandy Springs Society; however, spouses and other family members are eligible.
  • Nominees may not be paid for their community service.
  • A minimum of two years of active volunteer service must be completed within the Sandy Springs area, but residence in Sandy Springs is not required.

The name of the recipient, selected by members of a Community Advisory Board, is announced at The Sandy Springs Society’s spring general meeting in May.

The Sandy Springs Society welcomes nominations for The Spirit of Sandy Springs Award from its own members and from the community at large. The Spirit Award will be presented at the spring Luncheon of the Sandy Springs Society.

Nomination forms should be mailed to:

The Sandy Springs Society
Attn: Spirit of Sandy Springs Award
P. O. Box 720074
Atlanta, GA  30358

For an application nomination form, click here (pdf)

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