Community Assistance Center hosts record-setting fundraising gala

SANDY SPRINGS, GA – The Community Assistance Center (CAC) raised over $320,000 at its 20th annual Vintage Affair fundraiser on Saturday, October 22, at Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters. The ‘party with a purpose’ featured an Oktoberfest theme, with German-style food and music, an online auction with hundreds of items and experiences, and a trip raffle, all benefiting the CAC’s mission of preventing hunger and homelessness in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. 

“This was one of our best parties yet,” shares Francis Horton, CEO of CAC. “Not only did our Vintage Affair guests have a great time, but we raised more money than in previous years – and at a critical time for our neighbors in need.” Proceeds from the Vintage Affair gala and auction go directly to CAC’s programs and operations budget, which is used to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance to neighbors facing financial crisis, as well as additional services to get neighbors back on their feet. Demand for CAC’s services has increased 31% when compared to assistance given in 2021. 

“We could not have hosted this amazing event without the help of our community partners,” asserts Pam Jones, CAC’s Development Director. Presenting sponsor Mercedes-Benz USA donated the space for the event, helped with catering services, and contributed to the auction. Other local businesses, including Graphic Packaging International and Northside Hospital, helped make the night possible. “The support given by these companies that care made Vintage Affair a success. Thank you to all our supporters, especially our Board of Directors and our Host Committee!” Jones continues. The 40 Host Committee members, who are dedicated supporters of CAC, joined their efforts with CAC’s Board of Directors in soliciting or donating auction items, inviting friends and family to attend, and bidding in the online auction. 

CAC will continue to raise funds for their human services programs on their website at Vintage Affair will return in 2023 on the third weekend of October with a brand-new party theme but the same mission – to raise funds to help our neighbors in need. 


About the Community Assistance Center (CAC)
CAC is the primary human services organization for neighbors in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody that are facing financial hardships or unexpected emergencies. Founded in 1987, CAC prevents homelessness and alleviates hunger by providing basic needs assistance (food, clothing, and financial assistance) while continuously engaging clients to work towards greater self-sufficiency. CAC also provides supportive services for youth (summer lunches, school supplies, winter coats, holiday gifts), offers adult education classes, and facilitates employment through its career center. In 2021, CAC assisted over 5,900 neighbors and prevented 856 evictions. Learn more at