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Tickets on sale for 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour

AKRON, Ohio (Oct. 16, 2018) – Some of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes will open their doors Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour.

The Sugar Plum Tour is Akron’s premier holiday home tour and the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. Since 2001, thousands of tourgoers have experienced the twinkling lights, roaring fires, sparkling trees and extraordinary holiday decorations of more than 90 homes throughout Greater Akron. Last year’s Sugar Plum Tour raised more than $100,000 for the fund, which supports programs that positively impact the local LGBTQ+ community, as well as Greater Akron as a whole. 

This year’s tour will showcase five exquisitely decorated homes in Fairlawn, Norton and Bath. Sponsors will also be invited to a private party at an exclusive sixth residence in Fairlawn Heights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Guests will tour a French country manor nestled in the heart of Fairlawn Heights; an authentic 1800s restored farmhouse and barn; an elegant yet rustic and refined equestrian delight in Bath; a magnificent turn-of-the-century Tudor mansion that has been completely restored; and a clean contemporary home with a dramatic floor plan. The Patron Party home is a rambling, cozy and unique Huntington Valley-inspired brick treasure owned by a local interior designer.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now at www.sugarplumtour.org. General admission tickets are $35 and include the five-home, self-guided tour. Guests who purchase tickets by Oct. 31 will receive a $5 discount off the price of admission. Sponsorships begin at $500 and include the self-guided tour of five homes; an invitation to the private, catered party at an exclusive sixth residence; and a locally crafted stained glass ornament. Additional commemorative ornaments are available online for $30 while supplies last. 

Cash-only general admission tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at Angel Falls Coffee Company, 792 W. Market St. in Akron. Both printed and digital tour guides with maps of the home locations will be available to tourgoers. For more details, visit www.sugarplumtour.org.

The 2018 Sugar Plum Tour is presented by Matt and Lisa Kaulig. This year’s tour homes are sponsored by Fran Bittle; Gregory Hail & Matthew Culler; Chad Immel and Harmony Campbell, Edward Jones; Jones Group Interiors; Robert & Babette Medcalf, Net Revenue Associates LLC; Katherine I. Raymond, D.D.S. & Michelle Krocker; and the Read Family. All proceeds from the event benefit the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

About the Gay Community Endowment Fund
Founded in 2001, the Gay Community Endowment Fund is a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation. The fund advances a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron by investing in strategic and responsive grantmaking that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Since its inception, the fund has grown to more than $1.3 million while reinvesting nearly $475,000 into the community. Contributions of any amount are welcome and support future grantmaking. Donations may also be designated for the GCEF Scholarship Fund. Checks should be sent to the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307-2407. For more information, or to contribute, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 63 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. As of June 30, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $220 million with a growing family of more than 610 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome 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 $155 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.