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Through the support of generous foundation donors, parents and faculty, global health advocate Dr. Paul Farmer recently addressed 1500 students from New Albany and other area schools. Dr. Farmer spoke about his work with the Haitian people living in the devastation of the 2010 earthquake and also accepted a contribution on behalf of the Zanmi Beni Orphanage that resulted from the efforts of New Albany students and community donors.





Charleen and Charles Hinson Outdoor Amphitheater also Announced

New Albany, Friday, November 30, 2012
A sellout crowd of 500 supporters were in attendance at the 10th anniversary edition of the New Albany Community Foundation’s Remarkable Evening benefit hosted by Abigail and Les Wexner at their home last night. The evening featured a discussion with President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.

Remarkable Evening was underwritten by Abigail and Les Wexner so that proceeds can be used to build capacity for the Foundation’s annual grants and community initiatives. Other major sponsors for the evening included Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Greif, Inc., Huntington, Limited Brands, The Mershad Family and New Albany Company. The event raised over $2 million.

In addition to the keynote speaker, several significant announcements were made during the evening:

Robert (Bobby) Schottenstein received the 2012 Jeanne and John G. McCoy Community Service Award

The Jeanne and John G. McCoy Community Service Award was established by the foundation in 2004 to recognize a person or persons who have made a significant, positive impact on the community through their accomplishments, contributions, and community service in keeping with the mission of the Foundation. Through their remarkable philanthropy in New Albany and central Ohio, Jeanne and John G. McCoy embodied the spirit of this award and were the first to be honored with the distinction in 2004.

Schottenstein was selected for this honor by the foundation board because of his longstanding support of so many community projects, including the New Albany Library, the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and the Central Ohio Leadership Academy, a program of the foundation that provides leadership training to high school juniors from across Greater Columbus who demonstrate leadership potential. Bobby addressed this year’s class and shared his experience as the leader of central Ohio’s largest home builder and his involvement in the community over the years.

“Jeanne and John McCoy’s community service and record of philanthropy was exemplary.  I had the good fortune to know John McCoy and he was one of the great leaders of our city,” said Bobby Schottenstein.  “I am very honored to receive this recognition in their name.”

In bestowing the award, Cindy Hilsheimer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Albany Community Foundation, said, “Bobby has had a tremendous impact on New Albany and Columbus through his generous philanthropy and his strong leadership.”
To commemorate the occasion and honor Schottenstein, the New Albany Community Foundation announced that in the future Central Ohio Leadership Academy students will be known as the “Robert Schottenstein Fellows.”

Past Recipients of The McCoy Award include:

2005 Janet Atwater, founder of the New Albany Women’s Network
2006 Dr. Ralph Johnson, past superintendent of New Albany-Plain Local Schools
2007 Bill Resch, environmental teacher advocate
2008 Don Cameron, community leader and Plain Township Trustee
2009 Dr. Phil Heit, founder of the New Albany Walking Club, New Albany Walking Classic & Healthy New Albany
2010 The Ryan Family: Ellen, David, Sarah and Mark, multi-generation family philanthropists
2011 Tiney McComb, founder and chairman of Heartland Bank.

Major Gift announcement was made to support the development of the Charleen and Charles Hinson Amphitheater:

The event included the announcement of a $500,000 contribution from the Hinson Family to the Foundation to support the development of the Charleen and Charles Hinson Amphitheater in the village center. Envisioned as an easily accessible gathering place for the entire community, the open-air structure will serve as a high quality venue for community celebrations and activities, as well as performances by local groups such as the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Community Band, New Albany Chorus, school groups and more. The amphitheater area will also provide a casual outdoor meeting option for students and community members to gather informally or host activities.

The anchor gift made by the Hinson Family will enable the foundation to begin planning for the development of the project in the future. in cooperation with the city of New Albany, which will own and maintain the structure.
“The 10th anniversary of Remarkable Evening was a benchmark year,” said New Albany Community Foundation President, Craig Mohre. “To host President Clinton, honor Bobby Schottenstein and announce a major gift by one of our community’s most respected families while announcing a record-breaking $2 million raised made it just that—a remarkable evening.  Most importantly, the money raised builds the foundation’s capacity to provide ongoing educational and cultural programming to the entire community, supported by foundation endowments.”