Atlanta Botanical Garden
A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, James “Jim” Shaw works in private equity and commercial real estate. Jim Shaw remains a strong supporter of several area organizations, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the country, the Atlanta Botanical Garden opened for visitors in 1976. The gardens have two locations, one in Atlanta and the other in Gainesville. Since it opened, the Atlanta Botanical Garden organization has sought to develop and maintain plant collections for patrons to enjoy and learn about.
During the year, the organization hosts a variety of events to encourage the public can enjoy the plants and grounds. One such event is the Fall Woodland Ramble Arts and Crafts Market, scheduled for October 7, 2017, at the Gainesville location. This Saturday-afternoon event lets people browse arts and crafts made by local artisans. Many of the items are nature-themed and made of upcycled materials. Afterward, attendees can enjoy food provided by food trucks and walk through the gardens.
Children’s Christmas Parade
Since receiving degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Northwestern University, Atlanta resident James “Jim” Shaw has dedicated his career to endeavors revolving around commercial real estate and private equity investments. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Jim Shaw supports several charitable organizations, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Each year, the Children’s Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season in Atlanta and provides funds for the hospital.
On the second Saturday of every December since 1981, the Children’s Christmas Parade has traveled down Peachtree Street, delighting thousands of spectators. The parade features decorative floats, marching bands, and giant balloons. The highlight of the parade is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh, symbolically ushering in the holiday season.
For over 25 years, the Distinguished Clown Corps has participated in the Christmas parade, bringing joy and laughter to spectators. The Clown Corps consists of a group of businessmen who exchange their suits and ties for brightly colored costumes, fuzzy wigs, and face paint, in an effort to earn money for the hospital. Over the years, executives participating in the Clown Corps have earned over $1 million for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Many families also enjoy participating in Breakfast with Santa prior to the parade. Hosted at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel, the breakfast features a buffet, crafts, and a personal visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus before they leave for their official parade duties.