2017 Tour Info


General Admission Ticket Price: $35

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Tour Details

Tickets include a self-guided tour of five fabulously decorated homes in Bath, Copley, Firestone Park and Highland Square. Sponsors are also invited to a private party at an exclusive sixth residence in Bath from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

  • The first home on the tour is a 1928 Tudor Revival-style house on Merriman Road whose mid-century modern furnishings are in juxtaposition with its Tudor Revival architecture. Many of the home’s original features are still intact, including wrought-iron ornamentation and curtain rods.
  • A few steps away, guests will tour a Georgian Revival-style house that displays the original owners’ grandfather clock on the staircase. The maid’s quarters of this stately home has been transformed into a charming retreat for Airbnb travelers.
  • Next on the tour is a 1917 Dutch Colonial home that was among the first 100 houses built in the Firestone Park neighborhood. After purchasing the home in 1988, its current owners restored several of the house’s original features, including a sunroom with windows overlooking the impressive garden. 
  • The fourth stop on the tour is a beautiful contemporary home built in 2001 on a secluded cul-de-sac in Bath. The home has a traditional classic exterior, with a more open, contemporary interior that showcases the couple’s collection of sleighs, including a full-size sleigh driven by a Katherine’s Collection Santa in the living room. Another suite of the house will delight Star Wars fans with themed décor from the iconic fantasy series.
  • Finally, nestled in the woods in Copley, tourgoers will visit a one-of-a-kind geodesic home owned by an award-winning photographer. His home is his studio, filled with fascinating art and collections, including industrial-style lamps made from salvaged machine parts.

The Patron Party home is a 10,000-square-foot stunner in Bath. This gorgeous estate sits on 60 acres of the former Lauray Farm property, home to Ray and Laura Firestone, and still includes the Firestone family’s stables, arena and barn. Its décor has been described as “Aspen meets the Hamptons” because of its elegant simplicity and lodge-style design. Receive an invitation to the Patron Party by becoming a sponsor.

Building a Better Future for Akron's LGBT Community

As the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund, all proceeds from the Sugar Plum Tour remain in Greater Akron to benefit your community. 

Since 2005, GCEF has reinvested more than $440,000 into programs that positively impact the local LGBT community and Greater Akron as a whole. 

Recent grants have:
  • Sheltered homeless LGBT youth
  • Offered counseling and social support for LGBT senior citizens
  • Supported productions at Akron Civic Theatre
  • Brought anti-bullying messaging into Akron schools

Learn more about the Gay Community Endowment Fund.