The Wexners continue their longtime support of the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Nearly a year after it lost its most significant revenue source with the ending of the New Albany Classic, the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has received a major financial boost from its two most devoted supporters.

The Wexner Family Charitable Fund—Les and Abigail Wexner’s foundation—announced today that it will provide a $20 million gift to the center, which combats domestic violence, elder abuse, teen-dating abuse and child abuse and neglect. “Our family’s hope is that TCFSH will continue to have a long-lasting and positive impact for children and families who are the victims of violence,” said Abigail Wexner in a press release. “This gift is intended to provide needed funding, helping further growth of the center’s endowment, while inspiring others to support the many outstanding resources that have been poured into the goal of education, prevention and treatment.”

Abigail Wexner’s ties go deep with the center. In 1998, she founded the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, which in 2011 merged with another organization, the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to become the Center for Family Safety and Healing. She also hosted for 20 years the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, which raised more than $47 million for the center and its predecessor organization. The Classic, which took place on the lawn of the Wexners’ estate in New Albany, ended its run last year due to competition from other major equestrian events, making it difficult for top riders to fit the Classic into their schedules.

At the time of that announcement in February 2018, New Albany Classic backers promised to continue to engage the event’s longtime supporters in “a combination of ongoing fundraising efforts and the establishment of an endowment fund.” The Wexners’ $20 million gift appears to be the key in launching this effort. “Abigail Wexner had a visionary plan when she proposed the creation of the TCFSH,” said Dr. Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in the press release. “The center has made a transformational impact, and this is a testament to Abigail’s vision and the Wexner family’s dedication to this need. We at Nationwide Children’s are gratified for their innovation and unwavering generosity.”


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