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Event to raise funds for Community Assistance Center
by Bobby Tedder
October 03, 2013 09:17 AM | 1698 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Post Properties leader Dave Stockert, Community Assistance Center Executive Director Tamara Carrera and the Rev. Michael Sullivan, rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Post Properties leader Dave Stockert, Community Assistance Center Executive Director Tamara Carrera and the Rev. Michael Sullivan, rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.
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To let organizers tell it, the Vintage Affair is that rare event on the social calendar whose level of anticipation matches the payoff.  In its case, the well-dressed patrons who show up Saturday reap the biggest reward — think moral compass, not compensation.

Proceeds from the event, held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church’s new event space and Ventulett Gallery in Sandy Springs, benefit the Community Assistance Center, which serves the needy in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.

“Past guests have told us [things like] it’s the best party in town … and everybody who is anybody attends,” said center Executive Director and CEO Tamara Carrera. “Vintage Affair is also one of the most profitable benefits of this type.

“It has a minimal budget and most of the cost from the venue to food, beverages and labor are donated.”

That translates to the organization netting between 80 and 90 percent of the revenue. Those funds support the center’s array of programming designed to provide the less fortunate with much needed emergency and support resources.

Carrera and company  provide, on average, 80 to 100 families a day with groceries and up to 100 households a month with financial assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless.

Perhaps having considered the mere merits of the endeavor is the primary reason why organizers are expecting one of the largest crowds ever Saturday. Or, maybe the promise of a good time is more alluring. A safe bet is a combination of the two.

On paper, it appears that the sights, sounds and tastes on display were planned with much attention to detail.

Fine foods, classy drinks and a little night music are expected to help set the tone and atmosphere at Vintage Affair 2013.

A lineup of 15 restaurants will feature their best tastings from appetizers to entrées to desserts — that portion of the night billed as a culinary platform for eclectic combinations to please the taste of any discerning gourmet. Wine tasting will also be available from five wineries offering a variety of pairings to go with the meal.

Piano music will accompany the cocktail hour and live music will be playing throughout the night by The Prime Suspects and Tailfeathers Restaurant and Piano Bar.

The bigger the turnout Saturday, the bigger the prospects for a turnaround for the Community Assistance Center’s food pantry program. Staffers say the cupboards there have grown increasingly bare.

“Working with other communities of faith and many civic groups, [the center] really isn’t just another organization,” said the Rev. Michael R. Sullivan, the church’s rector. “It’s the people of Sandy Springs coming together to help solve problems of poverty, joblessness, and homelessness in our midst.   

“For me, our faith demands that we engage in such critical work and our parish gladly supports the work [the center] does.”

If you go:

o What: The Vintage Affair

o Benefits: Community Assistance Center

o When: Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.

o Where: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs

o Tickets: $110 per person, $200 per couple

o Information: www.vintageaffair.org
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