AKRON, Ohio – Some of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes will open their doors Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. for the 12th annual Sugar Plum Tour.
The tour, which is the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, will feature five exquisitely decorated homes in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Bath. Guests at the patron ticket level will also be invited to a private party at an exclusive sixth location in Akron from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Unique this year, proceeds from the event will support the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s commitment to the 2014 Gay Games, as well as other LGBT programs. A world-renowned sports and culture festival, the Gay Games is expected to draw more than 33,000 visitors to the region and generate approximately $57 million in economic impact. Last year’s Sugar Plum Tour raised more than $60,000 for the fund, which supports programs that positively impact the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Guests at the event will tour a wide variety of homes, including a modest and artsy 1955 twinplex, luxury living in a vibrant downtown city neighborhood, a modified cape cod featuring an 11,000-square-foot great room, an 1820 Connecticut federal-style home, as well as two other stately homes in West Akron and Fairlawn Heights. For patron ticket holders, the tour will conclude in the premier arts and entertainment district, featuring both residential and commercial space, and will bring the flair and lifestyle of Manhattan to Akron’s Sugar Plum Tour.
This exciting holiday event sells out each year, so tour-goers are encouraged to order their tickets early. General admission tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include the five-home, self-guided tour. A limited number of $150 patron tickets will also be available. Patron tickets include an invitation to the Patron Party at a sixth location in Akron, as well as a limited-edition holiday ornament designed by local artist Claudia Zeber-Martell.
All tickets can be purchased online at www.sugarplumtour.org or by calling 330-376-8522. Cash-only general admission tickets are also available at Angel Falls Coffee Co., 792 W. Market St. in Akron. Attendee sign-in and map pickup will begin at 1 p.m. on the day of the tour at Angel Falls.
The presenting sponsor of the 2013 Sugar Plum Tour is Joseph and Debbie Zarconi. Major corporate sponsors include Bricco Restaurants, Dave Towell Cadillac, Jones Group Interiors and Summa Foundation. Individual sponsors include Todd A. Brown, M.D.; Sheila Martin; and Steve Williams and David Jesse. Additional support is provided by Angel Falls Coffee Company, along with many individual donors and homeowners.
About the Gay Community Endowment Fund
Founded in 2001, the Gay Community Endowment Fund is a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation. It facilitates and perpetuates philanthropy by supporting programs and services that support or positively impact the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, as well as the entire greater Akron community. The fund has reinvested more than $183,000 in the community since its inception. Contributions of any amount are welcome and support future grant-making. Checks may be sent to the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307-2407. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 58 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $160 million with a growing family of more than 430 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $108 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.