By Amy Wenk

In 1900, Georgia ranked the nation’s sixth-largest wine-growing state. But that distinction was lost during Prohibition in the 1920s.

This year, the seventh annual Vintage Affair — the premiere fundraiser for the Community Action Center in Sandy Springs — hopes to bring acclaim back to the state’s vineyards while raising money for residents in need. The Georgia-themed event will be held 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the home of Deepak Raghavan and Priya Deepak, located on Riverside Drive.

“We are focusing on all the things that make our state such a fabulous place to live,” said Sandy Springs resident Cheryl Sykes, Vintage Affair chairwoman. That includes wine tastings from seven Georgia wineries, as well as local hand-crafted cheeses and cuisine.

“Many people really aren’t aware of the great wines that are being produced right here in their own backyard,” Sykes said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to check them out and support a great cause.”

The event will also feature live and silent auctions, as well as a raffle for three trips.

Tickets are $95 per person or $175 per couple. Buy them at

Sykes said she expects 400 people to attend and hopes to raise $140,000 for the Community Action Center, a nonprofit that works to prevent homelessness in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.

“We help people help themselves,” Sykes said. The center located at 1130 Hightower Trail provides financial assistance, clothes, food and more for those in need.

“The Community Action Center is absolutely an organization that puts every dollar to work,” Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said. “The money that goes in and the volunteer efforts that go into this are translated into countless good deeds for people that need help.”

Volunteers are needed for the Vintage Affair. Contact Kay Brake at (404) 405-3782 or email