Release Date: October 30,2017

DAP's Community Outreach Program provides First Night Akron admission buttons to local social service organizations

Local social service organizations have the opportunity to distribute free admission buttons for First Night Akron to their low income, elderly and disabled clients. Now in its 22nd year, Downtown Akron Partnership's (DAP) Community Outreach Program provides a night of entertainment to residents who may not otherwise be able to afford a New Year's Eve celebration.

"First Night Akron is significant, valued, important and unique to Akron," said Suzie Graham, Downtown Akron Partnership president. "It is important as an intentionally integrated community celebration of the city through the selection of performers and in the cultivation of the audience. First Night Community Outreach gives individuals and families faced with daily challenges, the opportunity to experience an evening of diverse arts entertainment."

First Night Akron is a New Year's Eve community celebration for all ages to enjoy. The event brings the community together to experience music, theater, dance, and visual/interactive performances. The 22nd annual event is Sunday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  

Admission buttons allow access to all First Night venues, entertainment and activities, including free METRO bus rides to each location in downtown Akron. Buttons are regularly priced at $10 and children under 10 are admitted free with a button-wearing adult. Complete details and schedule of entertainment will be available at

Community Outreach applications are mailed to organizations and all requests are due by Nov. 21. Buttons are allocated based on the number of requests and the number of sponsored buttons available. Admission buttons provided through this program are supported by local foundations, PNC, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and the Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation. Buttons will be available to organizations in early December. Call 330-374-7676 or email for further details.

First Night Akron is a program of Downtown Akron Partnership. Founding partners are the city of Akron and the Akron Beacon Journal &