​The RIDGE Project's 5th Annual Gala

​Thursday, April 5, 2018 / ​The Toledo Zoo & Malawi ​Event Center

As we all know, life throws us a curveball from time to time and we are forced to adjust on the fly. The RIDGE Project is grateful for all the efforts made by Hill Harper to fit us into his busy schedule and speak at our 5th annual Gala. However, between filming ABC's hit series "The Good Doctor" and his rehearsals for an upcoming Broadway show, which has now had some last-minute scheduling changes, Mr. Harper will no longer have the necessary break in his schedule to speak at our Gala and has had to cancel his scheduled appearance.


We will have a new speaker, who will deliver an equally inspirational, motivational and transformational address during our 5th Annual Gala - which will still be held at the nationally recognized Toledo Zoo and Aquarium in Toledo, OH on April 5th 2018.


We apologize for this cancellation, we thank Mr. Harper again for his efforts and his support of our mission. Watch for news from us in the coming days with an announcement on who will be our keynote speaker!


We look forward to seeing you at the Toledo Zoo on April 5th​.


Let's Go Change the World,


The RIDGE Project

Did you know..

Approximately 50,000 men and women are incarcerated in the state of Ohio? Perhaps you, or someone you love, has been affected by incarceration. For the past 17 years, The RIDGE Project has been working to stop generational cycles of incarceration by offering it's nationally recognized, award-winning program inside prisons, county jails, juvenile detention centers, and reentry facilities in Ohio and across the nation. The program, called TYRO, focuses on keeping families intact and preparing men and women to lead their children into a future defined by hope.

By attending The RIDGE Project's 2018 fundraising gala, you have an opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself and to help support a change that can impact generations to come!

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​​​The RIDGE Project has been fortunate in receiving multiple state and federal grants, but still, hundreds of men, women and youth are on waiting lists, hoping for a chance to participate. Your ticket purchase, and additional support, will help us to expand services into institutions and communities that have a desperate need, and desire, to create positive change through the TYRO program.


Don't stand on the sidelines. This is your time to help the "forgotten victims of crime," the families of the incarcerated. Get your tickets today!

Doors open at 5pm. Program begins promptly at 5:30pm. Business attire is requested. High heels not recommended.


Event is open to adults 18 years and older.

A word from the Mayor of Toledo

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz says, "I want to thank The RIDGE Project for the work it does to make Ohio a better place and thank them for choosing the Toledo Zoo, which has been recognized as the best zoo in the nation..."


About the ​RIDGE Project

​Founded by Ron & Catherine Tijerina in 2000, The RIDGE Project is a Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering generational responsibility in individuals and improving the lives of families throughout the state of Ohio. Our organization believes that strong families produce strong children, who will pass on that legacy of strength to future generations.


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