It is with great hope and enthusiasm that we invite you to attend our 4th annual fundraising Gala to help support the thousands of Ohio children and families affected by incarceration.
Our mission is to establish a pathway for these families to break the cycle of poverty and incarceration by providing transformative training, hosting family events and offering encouragement when they need it the most.
This year’s theme, “Let’s Go Change the World,” highlights what your support means to the men, women and children whose futures are now defined by hope, peace and righteousness because someone like you cared enough to invest in them.
Your evening will be spent at one of the most unforgettable venues you are likely to ever encounter- the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a dramatic filming location of many movies including The Shawshank Redemption. This infamous structure housed its first prisoners in 1896 and remained in continuous operation until 1990 and is now a popular tourist destination that has drawn visitors from around the world.
Included with your ticket purchase is a delicious dinner buffet, keynote address by Mr. Nicky Cruz and a complimentary guided tour of the venue made available prior to the start of the gala.
Our keynote speaker, Nicky Cruz, is a best-selling author of eighteen books, including the all-time Christian classic, Run, Baby, Run, published in 1968 and translated into 40 languages worldwide and made into a Hollywood feature film. Cruz’s life is a shining example of the work The RIDGE Project is called to do. Nicky was born in Puerto Rico and sent to live in New York City where he fell into the gang lifestyle, eventually earning the status of a “War Lord.” Come hear Nicky share his powerful story of redemption that was made possible because someone cared enough to intervene and guide him down a pathway of honor and righteousness.
This event will also highlight our organization’s work in Ohio’s correctional institutions, and will include inspiring testimonies from families we have served. We hope you will join us! Now, Let’s Go….