Vintage Affair Recognizes Local family, Marks CAC Milestone
For long-time Sandy Springs residents Debbie and Stan Sonenshine, philanthropy is a family tradition. One of the local charities their family has chosen to support for many years is the Community Assistance Center. In recognition of their support of CAC in many ways, the Sonenshine’s have been named honorary chairs of CAC’s 15th annual benefit gala, the Vintage Affair, set for Saturday, October 7 at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.
“What’s special to me about CAC is that it’s so hyper-local,” said Mrs. Sonenshine. “It’s important to us to give back in the area where we live and work.”
In addition to their family support, Mrs. Sonenshine was instrumental in bringing Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation together with CAC. A residential realtor, Mrs. Sonenshine, was involved with establishing the foundation and recommended CAC as a benefactor. Since then, the foundation has given significant support to CAC annually for 15 years and routinely contributes as a Vintage Affair sponsor. In recognition of the foundation’s support, Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation is this year’s Vintage Affair Honorary Sponsor.
The Sonenshine family has supported CAC in a variety of ways. Mrs. Sonenshine served on the CAC board of directors, recruited coworkers to volunteer at the Center, got her husband involved as a board member, got their synagogue more involved with CAC, got her whole family involved in a very large holiday food drive and they participate annually in CAC’s Adopt-a-Family holiday program.
“For my 60th birthday Stan asked me what I wanted to do. I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted a truckload of food. He thought I was crazy,” said Mrs. Sonenshine.
The family reached out to friends, neighbors and colleagues and asked for financial donations for their food drive. They then bought pallets of food, recruited volunteers, and packed 500 boxes of holiday food for CAC to distribute to local families in need. The project has since been an annual event carried out by another local family foundation.
“I think the most rewarding thing we ever did was that Thanksgiving food drive because it pulled in a lot of people, and anytime you can do something that brings the community together, and gets them excited about helping people it’s good and has a multiplying effect,” said Mr. Sonenshine.
Mr. Sonenshine spent 5 years on CAC’s board of directors during a critical time of growing pains for the Center. The board was faced with making important decisions that would dictate the future of CAC. Mr. Sonenshine lent his commercial real estate expertise, and along with many other skilled board members their work set the stage for CAC’s Building Hope Campaign and the purchase of 8607 Roswell Road this year for CAC’s expansion.
The expansion of CAC in 2017 comes during the agency’s 30th anniversary of service to the community. That major milestone is the focus of celebration at this year’s Vintage Affair. The benefit gala features food from fine local restaurants, wine tasting, live music and fun silent and live auctions. Since all of the food, wine and auction items are donated by the community, almost every dollar raised at the Vintage Affair goes to support programs to help neighbors in need.
Vintage Affair tickets are $110 per person, $200 per couple. Raffle tickets to win a $5,000 shopping spree are $30 for one and $100 for four. Purchase tickets and find more information online at www.vintageaffair.org.