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2019 Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes set for Sunday, Dec. 8

Tour of exquisitely decorated homes will benefit the Gay Community Endowment Fund

 The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invites area residents to save the date for its 18th annual Sugar Plum Tour, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Sugar Plum Tour is Akron’s premier holiday home tour and the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund.

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to tour five of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes, all exquisitely decorated for the holidays.

Corporate and individual sponsorships for the Sugar Plum Tour are available and range from $500 to $5,000+. Sponsors receive tickets to both the general tour and the private Patron Party, which will be held after the tour at an exclusive sixth residence from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They also receive a commemorative holiday ornament and many other benefits.

“This is an excellent opportunity for businesses and individuals to show their support for inclusion and diversity in our community,” said Babette Medcalf, Sugar Plum Tour co-chair. “Their commitment as a sponsor will help increase our funding to programs that benefit the LGBTQ+ community throughout Greater Akron.”

Proceeds from the Sugar Plum Tour support the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s grantmaking to programs that positively impact the LGBTQ+ community, as well as Greater Akron as a whole. In 2018, grants from the fund created safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combatted phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and supported mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people, among other initiatives.

Tourgoers who purchase their tickets before Nov. 1 will receive a special early bird discount. Discounted tickets will be available starting Aug. 24 and can be purchased at the Akron Pride Festival or online at www.sugarplumtour.org. To receive a reminder alert when tickets go on sale, register for the Sugar Plum Tour e-news list at www.akroncf.org/SugarPlumNews.

The 2019 Sugar Plum Tour is presented by Matt and Lisa Kaulig. A complete list of sponsorship opportunities can be viewed at www.akroncf.org/SugarPlumSponsor. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Phil Montgomery, GCEF advisory board chair, at 330-714-8178 or monty.phil@gmail.com.

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 $530,000 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 March 31, 2019, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $220 million with a growing family of more than 640 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 more than $163 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.