During this month of gratitude and thanksgiving, one local charity group is drawing people to the table in the spirit of giving back to their community. 

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Country Club of the South Charity Guild will showcase about 30 professionally decorated tablescapes as part of its first The Giving Tables event, which will raise money for Atlanta-area charities. The gourmet luncheon fundraiser will continue the guild’s mission of supporting nonprofits by raising funds and awarding grants. 

The five benefiting charities will be the Charity Guild’s 2019 grant recipients: 

  • Hire Heroes USA, which provides free job search assistance to U.S. military members, veterans and spouses.
  • North Fulton Community Charities, which helps prevent homelessness and build self-sufficiency.
  • Senior Services North Fulton, which gives services and support for seniors to enhance their quality of life and independence.
  • Wellspring Living, which supports those at risk or victimized by sexual exploitation.
  • Year Up Greater Atlanta, which provides an intensive training program for under-served young adults to develop skills for careers and higher education.

Each table will be decorated by national and Atlanta-area designers and artists, including Beth Kooby, BOLD Events, Ballard Designs, Lilly Pulitzer, Macy’s, Swoozie’s at the Forum and Arhaus at Avalon. Attendees will be seated at the decorated tables during the luncheon. 

In addition to the tablescapes and luncheon, guests will be treated to a keynote speech by interior designer and author James Farmer, who will give personal anecdotes and designing tips. 

Farmer’s bestselling books include “A Time to Plant,” “Sip and Savor,” “Porch Living,” “Wreaths For All Seasons,” “A Time To Cook,” “Dinner on the Grounds,” “A Time to Celebrate” and “A Place to Call Home.” 

“His most recent publication, ‘A Place to Call Home,’ is his first interior design book, featuring 11 homes from Sea Island to Atlanta to St. Louis,” said Charity Guild executive board member Megan Ross. “As a frequent speaker and guest on television, James’ natural Southern grace and warm personality light up any room.” 

In addition, The Giving Tables event will feature local vendors offering jewelry, serving trays, apparel, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, candles and home and pet accessories. Raffles will be provided, and at the end of the event, the hosts will announce the most popular tablescapes.

The Charity Guild modeled its The Giving Tables event after hearing of a similar fundraiser hosted by The League Club in Naples, Fla. 

“We thought our local community would enjoy a new event that brings friends together around their love of unique interior design, entertaining and being charitable,” Ross said. “Our goals are to raise funds for our grant recipients through event proceeds, increase membership participation in the Charity Guild, and inform guests about the incredible work our grant recipients do in our community and greater Atlanta.”

Tickets for The Giving Tables are $100 per person. Seats can be chosen by designer or table location.

The Giving Tables will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. 

For more information, a full list of participating designers and tickets, visit charityguild.org..

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