September in New Albany is always a fun month with the A&F Challenge, New Albany Walking Classic and the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day.

Each of these events creates a festive atmosphere and showcases our community's beautiful scenery while simultaneously serving a greater purpose.

The A&F Challenge, which was last week on the Abercrombie & Fitch campus in our New Albany International Business Park, raised more than $3 million for the SeriousFun Children's Network. This network is a global community of camps and programs where children with serious illnesses can experience a week of free summer camp.

Even though the event is over you still can donate to the cause at

The 13th annual New Albany Walking Classic, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, will showcase New Albany's neighborhoods to more than 3,000 walkers from nearly 40 states and Canada.

The Classic has been voted the best walking event in America and is just one example of Healthy New Albany's embracing of healthy living through community activities, events, personalized wellness and disease prevention. Proceeds go back into the community to support Healthy New Albany's health and wellness programming.

Please watch out for walkers from 8 to10 a.m. Sunday and give yourself a little more time to reach your destination. If you want to experience the new 5-mile route yourself, check to see if there is still time to register.

The 20th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day will be held at the home of Abigail and Leslie Wexner from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24. This event, New Albany's largest, attracts close to 20,000 people annually. It has raised more than $30 million for the Center for Family Safety and Healing to help break the cycle of family violence and restore hope for many families in central Ohio.

Family activities abound and include rides, zip-lining, ice skating, a classic-car show, petting zoo, farm tours, children's theater and other performances. The No. 1 specialty equestrian event in North America begins at noon, when world-class and Olympic champion show jumpers will compete for $125,000 in prize money.

This year's Classic will culminate with a Nick Jonas concert beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster, at Easton Town Center's guest services, CAPA Ticket Center, the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany or through Equus Now! For more information, go to

Scott McAfee is chief communications and marketing officer for New Albany.