New Albany to host pop stars, Olympians and more at the 18th annual event to benefit The Center for Family Safety and Healing.
Tickets are on sale now for the 18th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Wexner home in New Albany. Founded in 1998 by Abigail Wexner, The New Albany Classic is the primary fundraiser for The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH), a Columbus non-profit organization that addresses all facets of family violence. Since its inception, The Classic has raised over $25 million to support the work of TCFSH.
More than 18,000 attended the 2014 event which featured an internationally-sanctioned show jumping competition won in a thrilling jump off by Irish rider Shane Sweetnam aboard Chaqui Z, a bustling family-day carnival, and the ever popular Concert at the Classic presented by Justice, an Ascena Retail Company.
New at The Classic this year, for the first time ever, chainsaw artists from Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Arts Studio will perform, creating beautiful wooden sculptures inspired by the event. Furthermore, BalletMet will make its Classic debut, offering a unique and interactive entertainment experience for families. The New Albany Classic is thrilled to welcome these entertainers, as well as many returning favorites like Columbus Children’s Theatre, Whitebarn Organics Farm Tour, Royal Arts Sport Fencing Academy, Wexner Center for the Arts and Hocking Hills Canopy Tours zipline experience. These activities, along with so many other lively experiences, have made The Classic a perfect way for families to create memories together.
The Classic enables TCFSH to develop new ways to reduce and end family violence. In January of this year, TCFSH debuted its Where’s the Line? campaign, a first-of-its-kind campaign designed to urge bystanders to help combat family violence. A confidential and anonymous resource, Where’s the Line? allows people to report family violence across a variety of platforms. Witnesses can call 844-234-LINE, text 87028, or send an instant message at < www.familysafetyandhealing.org >. Experts will be able to help guide callers through the proper course of action and, if need be, involve the correct arm of the local authorities.
The Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project estimates that nearly a quarter-million Ohioans face family violence in one form or another. By encouraging bystanders to act on their sense of personal responsibility and to make the decision to help, Where’s the Line? hopes to engage community members in the efforts to break the cycle of family violence.
“We have all seen abusive or questionable behavior, and many of us don’t know what to do when witnessing that,” said Karen S. Days, president of TCFSH. “Where’s the Line? empowers bystanders with supportive answers and advice. Family violence happens everywhere and ending it is everyone’s responsibility.”
Tickets for this year’s New Albany Classic went on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23. Tickets are sold through the following: NAC website via Ticketmaster link; Ticketmaster.com; Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; All Ticketmaster outlets (including central Ohio Kroger stores); CAPA Ticket Center at 39 East State Street in Columbus; by phone CAPA Ticket Center at 614-469-0939; Easton Guest Services kiosk during Easton operation hours — cash and credit only; The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany front desk during operation hours, 150 West Main Street, New Albany — credit card only 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.on Fridays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Adult tickets are $23 through Ticketmaster.com or by phone, includes additional $3.55 service fee; Ticketmaster outlets include additional $3.65 service fee; CAPA (office or phone), Easton Guest Services kiosk & The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany front desk — no service fee; Rides included in adult ticket; Free parking.
Youth tickets (4 to 10 years of age) – $7.50; Ticketmaster.com or phone includes additional $1.70 service fee, Ticketmaster outlets include additional $1.70 service fee. CAPA (office or phone), Easton Guest Services kiosk & The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany front desk — no service fee, No ticket required for children age three and under, rides included in youth ticket.