Former President Bill Clinton will visit New Albany on Nov. 29 as the keynote speaker for "A Remarkable Evening," the New Albany Community Foundation's 10th annual fundraiser.

Former President Bill Clinton will visit New Albany on Nov. 29 as the keynote speaker for "A Remarkable Evening," the New Albany Community Foundation's 10th annual fundraiser.

"(His keynote address) will be related to how good philanthropy is good business," community foundation president Craig Mohre said. "He probably will talk about his Global Initiative and tie it into what we're doing in New Albany. It will be about giving and philanthropy."

Clinton served two terms as president from 1992 to 2000. Since leaving office, he's been heavily involved in philanthropy, starting the William J. Clinton Foundation, which is providing lifesaving drugs to 4 million people with HIV and promoting sustainable growth initiatives in Africa and Latin America.

His Global Initiative, started in 2005, asks global leaders to work together, and in the U.S., his Alliance for a Healthier Generation is finding ways to fight child obesity.

The New Albany Community Foundation has similar goals. The foundation started the Healthy New Albany initiative, now a nonprofit organization which promotes healthier lifestyles in the New Albany community. The group has established a community garden, organized a local farmers market and sponsored a lecture series.

The community foundation also supports environmentally friendly initiatives, educational programs and entertainment by providing grants to the New Albany-Plain Local School District and the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

"A Remarkable Evening" is held on the Leslie Wexner estate in New Albany. The costs are underwritten by the Wexner family so all the money donated goes to the foundation.

Last year's fundraiser, which featured former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, raised $1 million last year to support the foundation's mission of improving education, health and wellness initiatives, sustainability and entertainment opportunities in the area.

"The foundation has been fortunate, through the generosity of our sponsors and the Wexner family, to have hosted fantastic speakers over the years for this annual fundraising event," Mohre said. "Given the initial response to our keynote speaker, we fully expect the event to sell out as it did last year with Dr. Condoleezza Rice. We look forward to President Clinton's firsthand perspective on how individuals and organizations can save lives and solve problems."

Mohre said the sponsorship levels and seat prices will be higher this year, partly because of the speaker.

The foundation website lists two levels of contributions: $5,000, which includes two guest tickets to "A Remarkable Evening" among several other perks, and $25,000, which includes a table for 10 at the event. For more information, visit or call 614-939-8100.

"The prices have gone up, obviously because of Clinton being a former president, which is a draw," Mohre said. "You have to remember this is how we fund all the grants that we do in the community. It's a fundraiser."

Mohre said the foundation continues to build its endowment, which allows the foundation to support grant requests. This year, the foundation gave out nearly $400,000 in grants.

Several local businesses and organizations help sponsor the fundraiser: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Greif, Huntington Bank, the Limited Brands Foundation, the Mershad Family Foundation and the New Albany Co.