First Night attendance vouchers available to families based on need

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | 5:59 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA—Vouchers for entry buttons to the First Night celebration have been distributed to local nonprofit organizations to be given to families on a needs basis.

Jane Accurso, director of First Night Columbia, said voucher locations include Phoenix House, St. Francis House and Salvation Army. People will also be able to stop by the Armory.

These vouchers can be turned in for buttons at locations where First Night buttons are being sold.

Accurso said no application is needed.

“We distribute a certain amount of vouchers and try to make them available to programs that we feel have good oversight and leadership in distributing them responsibly and according to need,” she said.

Coordinators of the programs listed above will be in charge of deciding who meets the qualifications to receive the vouchers.

Karen Ramey, superintendent of recreational and community programs for Columbia Parks and Recreation, said about 500 vouchers were given out last year.

First Night is an alcohol-free event celebrated Dec. 31 in The District.

For further information, Accurso can be reached at 673-8477 or by email at

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