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Tony Blair puts 'remarkable' in New Albany Foundation's evening

Fundraiser will feature former prime minister

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The New Albany Community Foundation will bring former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to New Albany in November for its annual fundraiser, called "A Remarkable Evening."

"We believe he will be a compelling speaker for our audience," said Craig Mohre, executive director of the foundation.

"He's been on the world stage for a number of years and has an interesting perspective on world events."

Blair was the prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007.

He led the Labor Party from 1994 to 2007 and currently serves as the Middle East Quartet representative to the Middle East, representing the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia.

Last year's "Remarkable Evening," which featured former U.S. President Bill Clinton, raised $2 million.

Mohre said announcements about Blair were sent out last week to last year's sponsors.

"The folks who have supported us in the past get the announcement a few days before the public announcement," he said.

"We want to give our continuing sponsors the first opportunity to renew."

There are three sponsorship levels: $75,000, $25,000 and $5,000.

Mohre said the event is hosted by Leslie and Abigail Wexner at their party barn in New Albany.

The Wexners and the New Albany Co. underwrite the event so that all money raised through sponsorships and ticket sales goes into foundation funds.

"The fundraising we do through 'A Remarkable Evening' really fuels all the grant-making we do in the community," Mohre said.

"All sponsorships go to funds that are used in the form of grants to the community."

The foundation awarded $576,200 in grants this year, to various organizations in the community, funding projects for the New Albany-Plain Local School District, New Albany Women's Network, New Albany Arts Council, and increasing the endowment for the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts.

"We realize the event is not inexpensive, but what I hope people understand is that because that event does so well, it supports our programming and we support programs in the community," Mohre said.

Lisa Hinson of Hinson Limited Public Relations said the Wexners can host 400 people.

Individual tickets to the event can be purchased at newalbanyfoundation.org.

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