Release Date: Monday, December 22nd 2008
Acme & First Night® Akron Team Up For Family-Friendly Fun
Akron, Ohio - During the month of December, children ages 3-9 can make some noise while their
care givers shop in peace. If you bring a child to the Kids Corner at Acme #16 in North Canton or
Acme #17 in Stow, he or she can make a creation that will be part of the New Year's Eve fun at
First Night Akron 2009!
Create a Jingle Bell Bracelet to be used in the Lights and Beats in the Streets Procession to the
Mainstage at 8:30 p.m. before the Kids FirstMerit Fireworks show.
Celebrate diversity by creating a personal flower to add to the First Night Community Garden at
the Ocasek Government Office Building that will grow throughout the evening.
Acme Fresh Market provides free childcare while you shop at Kids Corner, on Monday-Saturday 9
a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
**Photo opportunities are available at the Kids Corner at Acme #16 and Acme #17. Please contact
Sue Guthier, Director of Consumer Marketing, (330) 733-2263 x55313 or
email@example.com, to schedule photos.
About First Night Akron
Now in its thirteenth year, First Night Akron is a New Year's Eve celebration unlike any other! This
family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the New Year brings the community together to
experience a brief moment in time while creating lasting New Year's Eve memories. Entertainment
and fun featuring music, dance, theater, visual and interactive arts will delight everyone throughout
18 different venues in downtown Akron! For a complete schedule of events, visit
Admission buttons give you access to all 18 First Night venues and nearly 100 performers. Buttons
are $10 and children under 10 are admitted FREE when accompanied by a button-wearing adult.
Buttons are on sale at Acme Fresh Markets, participating FirstMerit Bank branches, Akron Beacon
Journal Customer Service Desk, Borders Books & Music at Chapel Hill, Carolyn's Cupboard in
Wadsworth, The Library Shop on Main, Lock 3 Park and Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic
Theatre. Buttons and First Night Akron souvenirs may also be purchased online until December 23
First Night Akron is a program of the Downtown Akron Partnership. Founding partners are the City
of Akron and the Akron Beacon Journal.
Thank you to our generous First Night sponsors! Platinum Site Sponsors: Acme Fresh
Markets, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron Community Foundation, City of Akron, GAR Foundation,
Knight Center of Digital Excellence and John A. McAlonan Fund. Gold Stage Sponsors: Cummins
Bridgeway Power, FirstMerit Foundation, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, John S. Knight
Center, METRO, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and The Welty Family Foundation. Silver Project
Sponsors: The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, County of Summit, The Huntington
National Bank, The LeBron James Family Foundation, Labels & Letters, National City, Pat Catan's,
Roetzel & Andress LPA, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and Think Media Studios. Bronze Activity
Sponsors: A. Schulman, Inc., Akron Aeros, Apple Growth Partners & Summit Data
Communications, Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, Brouse McDowell, LPA, Cohen & Company,
CPAs, ComDoc, County of Summit ADM Board, CVS Caremark, Eliokem, GOJO Industries, Inc.,
Lockheed Martin, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The
Murdough Foundation, R.C. Musson & Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and Ohio
Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services. Special Friends: The Maynard Family
Foundation, Miller's Party Rental Center and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. Official Radio
Partner: WKDD. Media Partner: Western Reserve PBS.
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