The New Albany Women's Network's annual fundraiser, An Evening in New Albany on April 17, will benefit the organization's endowment fund.

The New Albany Women's Network's annual fundraiser, An Evening in New Albany on April 17, will benefit the organization's endowment fund.

"This year, the (network) board determined that 100 percent of proceeds would be directed to the endowment fund, which is designed to support initiatives in the New Albany community especially related to the empowerment and betterment of women and children," said Amy Thiel, the organization's chairwoman for public relations.

The New Albany Women's Network used proceeds of $34,000 from the 2013 fundraiser to build the endowment fund.

The fund, which is available through the New Albany Community Foundation, provides annual scholarships for local students and supports other programs, such as author visits to New Albany-Plain Local schools.

This year's An Evening in New Albany is scheduled from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the New Albany Country Club, 1 Club Lane.

Ticket sales will be limited to 200 because the country club has a smaller capacity than the Winding Hollow Golf and Events Center, the former event venue that closed earlier this year.

Thiel said the 200 tickets would be 50 fewer than last year.

Cocktail hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m., with entertainment by the New Albany High School Symphony Orchestra. A scotch tasting and photographs are slated at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets will cost $55 and may be purchased online at NAWN.org.

Last year's fundraiser netted $19,700. The proceeds went to parents paying tuition for their children to attend the Helping Hands Center for Special Needs, 2500 Medary Ave. in Columbus.

The center has 97 students, 87 with diagnosed disabilities.

It offers early-intervention programs and schooling for pre-kindergarten to seventh grade.