Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Barber Beast on the Bay

September 10, 2022 | Presque Isle State Park

Barber Beast on the Bay is an obstacle course challenge at Presque Isle State Park (USA Today’s ‘Best Pennsylvania Attraction’) in Erie, PA.  The event covers 10 miles of sand, water, and trails – it’s the nature of the Beast! 

Participants run, jump, climb and crawl across more than 30 natural and manmade obstacles on the shores of Lake Erie at the biggest obstacle course race in Erie, PA.  While they are tackling their own challenges during the Beast, they are also helping children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health challenges at the  Barber National Institute who take on their own obstacles every day, as the event supports the non-profit and the more than 6,300 individuals it serves annually.

one-mile adapted course is also offered for those ages 12+ with physical or intellectual disabilities at Waldameer, a theme park in Erie, PA next to Presque Isle State Park. The 10-Mile Course and Adapted Course come together for the final obstacles and all participants cross the finish line together!

Participant Medal Sponsor   - $10,000 - Taken
Shirt Sponsor
 - $10,000 - Taken
Stage Sponsor  - $10,000
Adapted Course Sponsor- $7,500
Power Up Electrolyte Sponsor  - $7,500 - Taken
Cheer Zone Sponsor  - $5,000 - Taken
Elite Award Sponsor  - $5,000
Participant Bag Sponsor  - $5,000
Photo Booth Sponsor  - $5,000 - Taken
‘The Beast’ Sponsor  - $5,000
Supporting Sponsor  - $2,500   - Unlimited
Refueling + Water Station  - $2,000
Friends of the Beast  - $500   - Unlimited

Become a Beast Sponsor Learn More


Ladies Only Luncheon

November 19, 2022 | The Kahkwa Club

The Ladies Only Luncheon is held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to support educational and therapeutic services for children at the Barber National Institute.

Guests are treated to a scrumptious lunch, time for socializing, and opportunities to win bountiful gift baskets as well as the Premier and Diva Prizes.

Diamond Sponsor - $5,000 and up

Emerald Sponsor - $3,000 - $4,999

Garnet Sponsor - $1,000 - $2,999

These sponsorships receive:

  • Guest admissions (Diamond 5, Emerald 3, Garnet 2)
  • Recognition and logo on invitation, program and all printed materials
  • Your logo and sponsorship published on our webpage and social media with a link to your website
  • A photo opportunity following the luncheon
  • Recognition and logo on invitation, program and all printed materials
  • Signage with logo at the event
  • Framed student artwork for display in your business

Business Donations - $250 - $999

  • One guest admission ($60 value)
  • Acknowledgment in the program book
  • Your name listed on our webpage

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Barber Christmas Ball

December 10, 2022 |  Bayfront Convention Center

The Barber Christmas Ball is a holiday gala that has marked the kickoff of the holiday season for more than 50 years. The festive event brings together families, friends, and neighbors for an evening of merrymaking with live music and holiday cheer. 

Reservations include an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, two cocktails, and complimentary valet parking (cash bar also provided.)

Many sponsorship opportunities are available for this longstanding Erie event tradition.

Diamond Sponsor - $10,000
A table of ten at the event, website promotion, inclusion in the program, recognition at the event, and  featured sponsorship (choice of band, centerpieces, food, dessert table) .

Gold Sponsor - $5,000
A table of ten at the event, website promotion, inclusion in program, and recognition at the event.

Emerald Sponsor - $2,500
Includes four reservations, website promotion, inclusion in the program, and recognition at the event.

Garnet Sponsor - $1,000 
Includes two reservations, website promotion, inclusion in the program and recognition at the event.

2021 Photo Booth Gallery




Art Show & Sale

Call for Entries | March 24, 25, & 26, 2022

Donor Debut Opens | April 21, 2022

Online Galleries Open to Public | April 25 - May 6, 2022

The region’s largest and most diverse Art Show is a virtual experience in 2022. The show opens with an online Donor Debut for donors and participating artists on Thursday, April 21, and will be open online to the public Monday, April 25 - through Friday, May 6. The exhibit features a wide variety of artwork from adult and youth artists from throughout the region.

Naming Rights - $7,500 - Brand this event with your company
name! Prominent recognition at the top of every page on our
sale platform and all other marketing. - Taken

Donor Debut Sponsor - $5,000  - Brand the pre-show virtual event, when artists and supporters enjoy a sneak peek before the galleries open to the public. Prominent recognition on the sale platform.

Call For Entries Sponsor - $3,000 - Prominent recognition as
the Call for Entries sponsor prior to the show on all entry
forms online and in print! The sponsor must be committed by January 15.

Awards Sponsor - $2,000 - Your company’s logo will take the
main stage as artists are recognized and presented with their
award. - Taken

Donate to the Show 2022 Art Show & Sale Learn More


Shillelagh Golf Tournament

June 16, 2022 | Whispering Woods Golf Course

The Shillelagh Golf Tournament has been an Erie tradition for more than 25 years and provides an enjoyable day on the links in support of a good cause. The event includes lunch, dinner and a round of golf on one of the area's most versatile and scenic courses.   

Whether you're an expert or novice golfer, you can support the Barber National Institute through the Shillelagh Golf Tournament at Whispering Woods Golf Course by bringing your foursome or becoming a sponsor.

Sponsorships Still Available (Foursome Included)

  • Dinner Sponsor - $6,000  - Taken
  • Lunch Sponsor - $3,000  - Taken
  • Participant Gift Sponsor - $3,000   - Taken
  • Coffee Kick-Off Sponsor - $2,000   - Taken
  • Snack Sponsor - $2,000   - Taken
  • Driving Range Sponsor - $1,500   - Taken
  • Putting Green Sponsor - $1,500  - Taken
  • Golf Cart Sponsor - $1,500   - Taken
  • Shillelagh Team Sponsor - $850   - 3’ x 2’ course sign.
  • Hole Team Sponsor - $750  - 2’ x 1.5’ course sign.

Sponsorships Still Available (Foursome NOT Included)

  • Hole Sponsor - $300  - 2’ x 1.5’ course sign. 
  • Shillelagh Sponsor - $500  - 3’ x 2’ course sign.
  • Birdie Level Sponsorship - $1,000 - 3’ x 2’ course sign.
  • Eagle Level Sponsorship - $2,000 - 3’ x 2’ course sign.
  • Ace Level Sponsorship - $3,000 - 3’ x 2’ course sign.

Learn More Become a Sponsor