The elegant affair — under the Angels Among Us theme — is essentially a tip of the hat to the members of the all-female entity, the leading philanthropic organization in the city it calls home.
“I think it’s so amazing that so many women are willing to give of their time to make life better for others,” said Simply Sterling chairwoman Joan Plunkett.
It is toward that end that the society has spent the past quarter century. The group started with 16 members and will have 305 this spring when new members are inducted. Members have taken giving, good will and community engagement to new heights in Sandy Springs.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve done … because we know it’s really beneficial to the community,” said Plunkett.
Society members are charged with raising funds for and supporting local nonprofits focused on the arts, heritage, education, the environment and social services. These beneficiary endeavors run the gamut from feeding the homeless and the working poor to helping non-English-speaking residents get acclimated via language acquisition programs.
All told, the organization has raised nearly $2.6 million since its inception.
The event is also doubling as a fundraiser. Attendees can expect a festive atmosphere accentuated by candelabras, fine food, wine and live entertainment.
“It’s a wonderful tribute to all of us,” said society president Kate Dalba.
She joined the organization 21 years ago with an assist from Plunkett, also a past president.
“I liked the thought of being able to give back to the community,” Dalba said. “Like the old saying goes: ‘It’s better to give than to receive.’
“And, a fringe benefit was meeting some wonderful people in the community and within our own organization.”
In addition to its aforementioned features, Saturday’s festivities will also include both live and silent auctions. Among the items up for grabs are the Atlanta Hawks sky box, three nights’ stay on a private island in Belize and tickets to the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.
As has become customary, the society will put the monies raised to good use.
Dalba credits the group for being a galvanizing force in the Sandy Springs community via its labors of love.
“I am honored to be president of this 25th year because this culminates all the hard work,” she said.
“And, this celebration really makes us all realize that, through all the volunteering and hard work, we have made a difference.”
Tickets to the Simply Sterling gala are no longer available, but for more information on the Sandy Springs Society, visit www.sandyspringssociety.org.