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Tickets on sale for Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes

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Community members can experience the magic of the holiday season from the comfort of their own home during the 19th annual Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes. Tickets are on sale now for the tour, which will take place virtually the weekend of Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.

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 2002, thousands of tourgoers have experienced the twinkling lights, roaring fires, sparkling trees and dazzling holiday decorations of homes nestled in neighborhoods throughout Greater Akron.

Last year’s Sugar Plum Tour raised more than $150,000 for the fund, which supports programs that positively impact the local LGBTQ+ community, as well as Greater Akron as a whole. Recent grants from the fund have created safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combated phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and supported mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people, among other initiatives.

This year’s tour will showcase eight of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes, all exquisitely decorated for the season. Guests will tour a California Tuscan manor in Jackson Township, a romantic east coast ranch in West Akron, a Slifko-built eclectic revival in Bath's North Fork Estates, a Paskevich-designed manor estate in Chagrin Falls, a center hall Colonial in West Akron, a large-stone traditional compound in Clinton, a clean traditional modern home in Hudson's Canterbury Estates, and a hand-hewn rustic 110-acre preserve in Hiram.

Tickets for the tour are $25 and include the professionally filmed video tour of eight homes, along with a digital tour guide filled with additional photos. To purchase tickets and learn more about the tour, visit www.sugarplumtour.org.

Sponsorships begin at $500 and include an invitation to an exclusive Christmas in July Party next summer, which will be held in lieu of the event’s annual Patron Party. Sponsors will also receive a hardcover coffee table book with photos of the homes, a commemorative holiday ornament, a bottle of champagne, and many other benefits. For more details, visit www.sugarplumtour.org.

The 2020 Sugar Plum Tour is presented by Matt and Lisa Kaulig. This year’s tour homes are sponsored by Fran Bittle; FirstEnergy Foundation; Gregory Hail and Matthew Culler; Jones Group Interiors Charitable Fund; Robert and Babette Medcalf, Net Revenue Associates LLC; Katherine I. Raymond, D.D.S. and Michelle Krocker, Raymond Dental Group; 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 $1.5 million while reinvesting more than $575,000 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 65 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. It is a philanthropic endowment of more than $235 million with a growing family of more than 690 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 $180 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.

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