Fun Fundraiser

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

One of central Ohio's signature fundraisers is happening Sunday, with an emphasis on fun.

The 19th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, New Albany 43054.

All event proceeds (more than $27 million in 18 years) benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing, which works to end family violence. The nonprofit organization was founded and is chaired by Abigail Wexner.

The centerpiece of the Classic is an international show jumping competition, which this year features Olympic medal winners from the recent games in Rio. But the event also offers loads of other family fun, including sports activities, inflatables, amusement rides, a petting zoo, hands-on art activities, farm tours and dinosaur and movie exhibits.

The Concert at the Classic-a tween favorite-will feature headliner Kelsea Ballerini (the Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year) as well as Jacob Whitesides, Plaid Brixx and AJ Lehrman. Other live entertainment will include Columbus Children's Theatre, BalletMet and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are not sold at the gate, and online sales end four hours before the event. For more information, go to