Columbus, Ohio — Besa is partnering with global specialty retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on the company’s signature annual fundraiser, The A&F Challenge.

Besa will staff 200 volunteers for the Sept. 8 event, which aims to draw 5,000 guests and raise more than $3 million for SeriousFun Children’s Network and Flying Horse Farms.

The A&F Challenge is a family-friendly festival held at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s campus in New Albany. It features national and local music—including Bastille and The Strumbellas—as well as a 5K and family fun run, unlimited food and drink and outdoor camp-inspired activities.

“I was fortunate to have enjoyed The A&F Challenge as an associate,” said Besa Executive Director Matthew Goldstein. “Now, I am honored and excited to return in this capacity—by partnering with them in our joint mission to do good.”

For the event, Besa will enlist 200 volunteers to work 2-hour to 4-hour shifts from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Volunteers will do everything from greeting guests to cheering runners to manning childrens’ activities to serving drinks. All volunteers are invited to stay and enjoy the festival at no cost.

"The A&F Challenge is an absolute blast for an amazing cause,” said Abercrombie & Fitch's Anna Ankenbauer, who plans the event. “We’re excited to partner with Besa, who we know will draw the best volunteers in the city to help make it a great event!"

Volunteers can learn more and sign up at

Now in its 16th year, The A&F Challenge has raised more than $10 million for non-profit organizations. Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased at

About Besa

Besa is a Columbus nonprofit dedicated to supporting those who need it most by connecting people and businesses with local charities, from food pantries to homeless shelters. Besa offers a portal at where Columbus residents can easily find and register for volunteer opportunities citywide; it hosts drives for various nonprofits; and it helps corporate partners manage and enhance their philanthropic efforts.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands. The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury. With an updated attitude that reflects the confidence of today's 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style. The Company operates approximately 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and online.


Kristy Eckert, Kristy Eckert Communications, 614.746.2787,