Grosse Pointe City Foundation to brighten the holidays this year with gift

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 10, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE CITY — The upcoming holiday season will be bringing something new to The Village.

The City of Grosse Pointe Foundation — a nonprofit that raises funds for improvements in the community — has pledged $5,000 to replace the Christmas lights and ornaments on The Village Christmas tree. Former mayor Christopher Boettcher, a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, announced the gift during a Sept. 20 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting.

Boettcher said the new lights and ornaments would be formally celebrated during the annual Lighting of the Village event at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 — the Friday before Thanksgiving. This event, which kicks off the holiday season, is open to the general public, not just City residents. In the past, this event has included music, as well as seasonal food and beverages, although full details for this year’s tree lighting hadn’t been announced as of press time and will likely depend on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan in mid-November.

“The city of Grosse Pointe is hoping to welcome everyone as we turn on the lights,” Boettcher told the council.

City Councilwoman Maureen Juip thanked Boettcher “for the shoutout to the foundation.” Juip is also a foundation trustee.

City Manager Pete Dame said the new lights and ornaments were “a much-needed investment,” a sentiment that was echoed by some other City leaders.

“(It’s) much needed,” City Councilman John Stempfle said. “Thank you.”

Among the foundation’s many other projects are restoration of the eagle statues at Neff Park and the Neff Park playscape.

All five Grosse Pointes have their own nonprofits to support projects and purchases that likely wouldn’t be possible with limited municipal tax revenue.

For more information about donating to or getting involved with the foundation, visit its website at, email or contact Grosse Pointe City municipal offices at (313) 885-5800.