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 The city of Pleasant Ridge is  celebrating its centennial this year, starting with its annual auction and gala that will raise funds to provide new lighting in Gainsborough Park.

The city of Pleasant Ridge is celebrating its centennial this year, starting with its annual auction and gala that will raise funds to provide new lighting in Gainsborough Park.

File photo by Mike Koury

Pleasant Ridge auction and gala to kick off centennial celebration

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 30, 2019


PLEASANT RIDGE — On Saturday, May 18, the Pleasant Ridge Foundation will host its annual auction and gala, which also will serve as the kickoff to the city’s celebration of its centennial.

The 59th annual Pleasant Ridge Auction and Gala will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. May 18 at the Community Center, 4 Ridge Road. Money raised from the fundraiser will go toward new lighting in Gainsborough Park, which has seen improvements over the last couple of years with new walkable pathways.

“We need to put some lighting to kind of light that pathway in the evening to make it safer and more accessible,” Pleasant Ridge Foundation Trustee Jessica Bancroft Herzig said.

The auction and gala is the largest fundraising event the foundation puts on each year, Herzig said, with funds going back into the community and giving back to people through scholarships.

“It just allows the residents of this community to put money towards amenities and different recreational programming that the city can’t always cover fully based on taxes and tax-based revenues,” she said. “We’ve done a lot of really substantial and significant projects that have really enhanced our community and allow for others to come to our community and enjoy those amenities as well. So it’s not just for Pleasant Ridge residents. It’s anyone who visits our parks or strolls through our neighborhoods and is able to enjoy some of those options as well.”

The gala will have both silent and live auctions, live entertainment and the return of the grand prize raffle, which offers those who purchase a raffle ticket a chance to win up to $10,000.

While the auction serves as a fundraiser, it also will act as the beginning of Pleasant Ridge’s celebration of its centennial. In 1919, Pleasant Ridge first became incorporated as a village, followed by its incorporation as a city in 1927.

After the gala, City Manager James Breuckman said the next event will be held June 7, also at the Community Center. It will be a celebration of 100 years as well as a reception for new residents of Pleasant Ridge.

“All of the civic groups and community groups that we have in Pleasant Ridge that make this kind of a unique place, they will all be there and available to talk to newer residents of the city who may be wondering how they can get involved in everything that goes on around here,” he said. “We’re also using that as an opportunity for a ribbon-cutting event for the new Big Room patio at the Community Center.”

The third and final event will be held Sept. 7 at Gainsborough Park, which will be an end-of-summer party for Pleasant Ridge residents, according to Breuckman.

“We haven’t sketched out exactly what we’re going to be doing at that one, but it’s on the calendar and we’ll be getting together with the community here to wrap up our celebration of being 100,” he said.

Tickets for the auction and gala cost $50 until May 11. After that date, they will cost $60 up to the date of the event. Tickets can be bought at, at City Hall or at the door on the day of the auction.