New Albany News

A Remarkable Evening

Foundation fundraiser scores a record $2M


The New Albany Community Foundation's 10th annual A Remarkable Evening on Nov. 29 raised $2 million -- twice as much as last year's record figure.

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker.

Craig Mohre, executive director of the community foundation, said some of the money will be used to support endowments and some will be transferred into specific funds for local grants. All of it will support community programming and projects.

The $2 million included a $500,000 grant from Charleen Hinson and the late Charles Hinson to build an amphitheater in the city center.

New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson said city officials have talked about building an amphitheater since the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts was built.

Originally, the city proposed building an amphitheater between Village Hall and the police station. Ferguson said the plan has changed and the amphitheater now might be on the south side of Dublin-Granville Road, north of the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Ferguson said an amphitheater could bridge the gap between the New Albany-Plain Local School District campus, the library and other businesses on Market Street, including the proposed healthy facility at the northwest corner of Market Street and Johnstown Road (U.S. Route 62). The city, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Healthy New Albany plan to partner on the health facility.

"It will make it more like a welcoming entry between (New Albany) middle school and the library," she said. "It will be close enough to the McCoy (center) for combined events."

Ferguson said planning may begin in 2013 but the project will be a few years and a few dollars away from construction. She said the grant will help get the project started.

During the Nov. 29 event, Robert Schottenstein was announced as the recipient of the Jeanne and John G. McCoy Community Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has had a "positive impact on the community through their accomplishments, contributions and community service in keeping with the mission" of the community foundation.

Schottenstein was selected for his support of community projects, including the New Albany library branch, the McCoy center and the Central Ohio Leadership Academy.