DIGGING DEEP

An urban teaching garden takes root

Farm Chastain’s Rosie Davidson freely shares her love for organic gardening with others.

Two beautiful “roses” bloom amid the rows of vegetables and herbs at Farm Chastain, the urban teaching farm tucked away on the south half of Chastain Park that serves as the headquarters for the Chastain Park Conservancy (CPC): One is Rosa McHugh, the CPC’s executive director, […]

ENDING FAMILY HOMELESSNESS

Jim Chapman Communities offers new beginnings

In an effort to give back to the Atlanta community that has been so good to him, Buckhead resident and home builder Jim Chapman, president of Jim Chapman Communities, has donated a new three bedroom, two-bath home at one-half the construction cost to Family Promise of Hall County, an organization with 50 affiliates nationwide that works to end the cycle of […]

DOING GOOD BY DESIGN

Famed style guru celebrates his Atlanta fundraiser’s 25th year

Jeffrey Kalinsky’s name is synonymous with his chain of women’s boutiques, Jeffrey, as well as his annual Atlanta fundraiser, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which has raised millions for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. The fashion show extravaganza celebrates its 25th anniversary on August 28 at Phipps Plaza, the home of his Atlanta boutique. But […]

SPARKLING TEETH BENEFIT SICK KIDS

Pearly whites help fund Camp Braveheart

Dr. Hugh Flax of Flax Dental donates proceeds from whitening procedures to CHOA in honor of his daughter, Lindsey.

Each March through June, dentists from all over the country participate in the annual Smiles for Life initiative by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from whitening procedures to various children’s charities. Ultradent and Opalescence, which make whitening products, donate […]

A BUCKHEAD GYM WITH PULL

Giving back while you get fit

When a skiing accident sidelined Buckhead resident Elliott Smith, the lifelong athlete had to forgo his running regimen for six months. “Rowing became the best alternative because it provided a total workout without stressing my joints,” he says. “My wife, Lauren, gave it a try, and was immediately hooked, too.”

The problem: There were few rowing options in the city, so the […]

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ON POINT

Funding the arts aids both recipients and the community

Stacy Galan Shailendra’s philanthropy includes scholarships for three Atlanta Ballet students.

Buckhead resident and luxury real estate broker Stacy Galan Shailendra is passionate about giving back to her adopted city by funding the local arts. She recently created an annual scholarship in her name with the Atlanta Ballet and awarded grants to three talented students.

“Dance was […]

A GEM OF AN IDEA

Making bracelets promotes wellness and self-worth

Bivi Franco (left) takes some of the stress out of cancer treatments by teaching patients the art of making bracelets.

Bivi Franco has watched family members and friends struggle not only with the pain of cancer, but the effect it has on their self-esteem. “I’m not a doctor, and I can’t heal them, but I wanted to find a […]

THE BOW TIES MAKE THE MAN

From down and out to dynamo

Once homeless, Jay Austin now gives back to the community through his budding business.

To talk with entrepreneur Jay Austin, no one would ever guess that he spent four years living on the street. “I made some bad choices, but I finally said to myself, ‘You’re either going to lie here and die or get up and go to […]

A Name Synonymous with Buckhead

Loudermilk family impacts community

Robin Loudermilk carries on the family tradition of generosity by helping build a better Buckhead

Few names stand out more in Buckhead’s storied history than Charlie Loudermilk, who founded Aaron’s, the rent-to-own furniture giant, and used its success to benefit the community. His son, Robin, is no less involved. As president and CEO of The Loudermilk Companies, he is transforming the […]

FOCUS ON ABILITIES, NOT LIMITATIONS

Hiring individuals with disabilities benefits businesses and nonprofits

When Trevor Ramos was introduced to Lauren Riddick by her employment specialist at All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), he hired her on the spot. “She loves sports, is an energetic and personable young woman and is well qualified as a program aide,” says Ramos, a supervisor and instructor at the Sandy Springs Parks and Recreation department.

Like many others, Riddick, […]