JC volunteer gives back through Cathedral Antiques Show

Event raises $4M over last 42 years

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Rosemary Taylor, communications manager for the city of Johns Creek, always takes time off in January and February for a special charity event, the Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes.

“When I moved here from California, I was looking for a church to attend and found Cathedral of St. Phillip Episcopal Church in Atlanta,” said the Johns Creek resident. “I just fell in love with the church and the people. I felt like I found a place where I belonged.”

She also wanted to give back to the church and to the community. Just how became clear when she discovered the church’s Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes, slated this year Jan. 27 – Feb. 3.

Since the show was first established in 1969 as an outreach project of the Episcopal Women of Atlanta’s Cathedral of St. Phillip, the organizers have carefully selected one nonprofit to be that year’s beneficiary. In the past, those proceeds have averaged more than $200,000, a substantial sum for most nonprofits.

“I immediately was drawn to the Antiques Show because I love antiques and furnishings and design. I thought helping out with the Antiques Show would be a good way to give back and help a good cause,” Taylor said.

“Then, last year’s beneficiary – All About Developmental Disabilities – was chosen to be the beneficiary. This hit close to home because All About Developmental Disabilities helped my cousin for years and sent him to camp.”

Taylor said that was when it hit her how much the Cathedral Antiques Show gives aid all over metro Atlanta.

This year, the Antiques Show and Tour of Homes will help Refugee Family Services.

“We feel very fortunate to be chosen as this year’s beneficiary,” said Emily Pelton, executive director of Refugee Family Services. “The work that the cathedral volunteers do year after year is tremendous. They raise substantial amounts of money and then just give it all away. It’s quite amazing.”

This January, Taylor joins around 300 dedicated women from the community and the congregation to present what has become Atlanta’s must-see event. This year, Mary Elrod and Marion Williams co-chair the 2013 Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour.

Today, the event is Atlanta’s oldest and largest antiques show, attracting over two dozen, carefully selected dealers from across North America (and sometimes Europe) with period furniture, art, jewelry and accessories to sell to collectors from across the Southeast.

The dealers arrive at the cathedral a few days before the show opens. The volunteers have already transformed a large hall and atrium into a European-style setting for the show, and the dealers begin setting up vignettes to display their antiques.

And then there’s the Tour of Homes, which includes some of Buckhead’s most exclusive domains, open to the public only one day a year. Homes on the 2013 tour were designed or renovated by architects Philip Shutze, Norman Askins, McAlpine Tankersley, Stan Dixon, Gil Schafer, Charles Heydt and Ken Lynch.