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Tickets on sale for Sugar Plum Tour


AKRON, Ohio (Oct. 16, 2019) – Some of the area's finest historic and contemporary homes will open their doors Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 18th 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 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 nearly $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, combatted 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 five exquisitely decorated homes in West Akron, Highland Square and Merriman Hills. 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 newly constructed home in Merriman Hills with a covered veranda and soaring great room ceilings; a 1925 Italian Renaissance Revival-style house built by Roy Firestone with a renovated kitchen and mid-century modern furnishings; a Tudor Revival-style home featuring a storybook curved stone entry that was originally owned by the CFO of Knight Publications; a completely remodeled, 1970s-era home in the Portage Woods development; and a 1924 Colonial house in Highland Square that has been restored to its original beauty with magnificent plaster crown moldings.

The Patron Party home is a 6,300-square-foot brick stunner in the heart of Fairlawn Heights with a fabulous outdoor entertaining space and unique holiday collectibles from around the world.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now at General admission tickets are $35 and include the five-home, self-guided tour. Guests who purchase tickets before Nov. 1 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.

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

The 2019 Sugar Plum Tour is presented by Matt and Lisa Kaulig. This year's tour homes are sponsored by Fran Bittle; 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 $1.4 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

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 64 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, 2019, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $225 million with a growing family of 650 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 nearly $167 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

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