The Sugar Plum Tour opens doors to festively decorated homes across the city, raising funds that allow the philanthropic group to support programs that positively impact the local LGBTQ+ community.
The tour includes a live component and a virtual component. The live tour will feature five homes and will run from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. The virtual tour will include professionally filmed and narrated tours of eight homes over the weekend of December 11-12. Tickets for both tours can be purchased online.
Printed and digital tourist guides with maps of the places of origin will be available for visitors, and the event will comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local regulations for COVID-19, have organizers said. More information is available on the Sugar Plum Tour Website.
Last year’s Sugar Plum tour raised more than $100,000 for the fund, which has awarded grants since 2005 to various area programs and organizations, organizers said.
The Gay Community Endowment Fund was started by several Akron men who recognized the need for an endowment to support the LGBTQ+ community and also knew that many people in the Greater Akron community would support the initiative, the leaders said. organizers.
With 60 initial donors pledging more than $70,000, the fund has grown to an endowment of $2 million and has awarded over $630,000 in grants for artistic, educational and social service programs.
Recipients range from programs aimed at creating safer neighborhoods and addressing phobias to those supporting mental health and suicide prevention.
The fund also offers scholarships for LGBTQ+ students and allies who live in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties.