Since its inception in 1989, the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild has raised more than $1.8 million to support local charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson counties. The Guild is proud to continue this Legacy of Caring each year by hosting several events throughout the year.

[95% of monies raised goes directly to charity.]

In 2018, the Women’s Guild raised over $130,000 to benefit charities that focus on enabling the well-being of women and children.


 SPRINGTIME MARKETPLACE – Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27
Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM         Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Featuring new and returning  Arts and Crafts Vendors, Bear Paw Bakery, The Book Nook, Collectors’ Corner, and Crazy Bear Cafe’




Springtime Marketplace Volunteers



         Co-Chairs:  Pat Papke and Judi Schoeler

Seeking your generous donations of gently used paperback and hardcover books, audio books, and DVDs.  Donations of fiction and children’s books are always welcome, plus non-fiction history, biography, current travel, newer cookbooks, sports, classics, hobbies and crafts, inspirational and gift books.

Book Nook collection boxes have been placed in the Postal Facility and the Wellness Center and will remain there through mid-April.




The Barn at 123 Yellow Creek Road

Accepting your generous donations of gently used home items and ladies accessories at a new location: 123 Yellow Creek Road (first driveway on the left after you turn off Highway 53).
Drop-off dates:  Our final drop-off date will be  Saturday, March 30.   Call Faye Webster, 678-467-0336, to arrange a different drop-off time.


Delicious Homemade Treats!

Seeking volunteers for two hour shifts on Thursday, April 25, to accept, package and price baked goods for sale on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.  Volunteers are also needed to sell baked goods at the Springtime Marketplace.
Call or e-mail Co-chairs, Susan Newton, [email protected] or 706-217-5800, or
Diane LaCharite, [email protected],


Serving breakfast and lunch both days from the Lower Chapel Parking Lot



LEGACY OF CARING GALA : A Celebration of Giving
Saturday, May 4  –  5:00 PM
The Clubhouse at Big Canoe

This exciting event is to recognize not only the many area charities supported by this fund raising effort, but also everyone who joins us in the spirit of giving.  This popular annual Gala is a major fundraising event for the Women’s Guild.  It will include dinner, wine, entertainment, and both silent and live auctions.  Honorary chairs for the event are Syl and Gordon Harnesberger.  The Master of Ceremonies will be Mark Newton.

Gourmet Dinner served at stations
Wine by the glass


Station 1

Wild Mushroom & Grilled Vegetable Terrine
Smoked Trout Dip with Sour Dough Toasts
Blanched Asparagus with a Deviled Egg Cream Sauce
Vegetable Crudité with Spring Vegetables & Grilled Onion Dip
Warm Cheddar Fondue with Assorted Dipping Breads
Ice Canoe Sculpture with Jumbo Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce 

Station 2

Grilled Corn, Black Olive & Zucchini Orecchiette
Chilled Caesar Salad
Live Action Pasta Station with Ziti, Bowties, and Tortellini with Garlic Cream Sauce, Vodka Sauce, Meat Sause, & Pesto Sauce
Grilled Chicken, Crispy Pancetta, Peas, Carrots & Tomatoes

Station 3

Smoked Pork and Brisket Sliders with Sauces on the Side
Hot Italian Carved Beef Sandwich with Melted Provolone and Spicy Peppers
Jerk Chicken Skewers with a Spicy Toasted Peanut Sauce

Station 4

                                                                  Assorted Desserts


Entertainment by MAMADEAR, a Nashville based trio that has opened for Martina McBride and performed in a special concert for the Prince of Monaco.


Tickets are available online
Ticket Chair:  Sandra Gadd, 706-579-2443


LEGACY OF CARING AUCTION : A Celebration of Giving
Saturday, May 4  –  5:00 PM
The Clubhouse at Big Canoe

Live and Silent Auctions*

A preview of the many silent auction items!








This full length White Shadow Vintage Mink Coat will be
offered as part of the live auction!






For further information regarding the auction, please contact Elaine DeNiro, [email protected], 770-361-6075.



We are most grateful to the individuals and Corporations who have joined us as sponsors of the 2019 Legacy of Caring.

You can also support the Legacy of Caring by becoming a Friend of the Legacy. Donations in any amount are welcome.

Click here to see a list of our current Sponsors and Friends.



Angels in the Woods is a year-round way to honor, remember, or celebrate someone special with an honorarium by making a donation to the Legacy of Caring.

Click here to download a donation form.