Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Ladies Only Luncheon

November 18, 2023 | 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 ($75 value)
  • Acknowledgment in the program book
  • Your name listed on our webpage

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Barber Christmas Ball

December 9, 2023 |  Bayfront Convention Center

A holiday tradition for 59, the Barber Christmas Ball is a festive gala that benefits the mission of the Barber National Institute.  The event features live music, delicious food, and spectacular decorations in a beautiful setting on Erie’s bayfront.  Plan now to celebrate with friends, family, and neighbors to ring in the holiday season for a great cause.

The Barber Christmas Ball is a community event open to all!  You do not need a formal invitation to attend, but if you would like to receive one, please send your name and address to events@barberni.org

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.

2022 Photo Booth Gallery 




Art Show & Sale

The region’s largest and most diverse Art Show is a hybrid experience of in-person & virtual art. The show opens with an in-person Donor Debut for donors and participating artists, and will be open in-person and online to the public. The exhibit features a wide variety of artwork from adult and youth artists from throughout the region.

Naming Rights Sponsor - $5,000
Brand this event with your company name! Prominent recognition at the top of every page on our sale platform and all other marketing.

Donor Debut Sponsor - $5,000
Brand the in-person event, when artists and supporters enjoy a sneak peek before the galleries open to the public. Prominent recognition at the event.

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! Sponsor must be committed by January 16.

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

 Past Art Show HighlightsLearn More


Shillelagh Golf Tournament

 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 that include a foursome:
Dinner Sponsor - TAKEN
Lunch SponsorTAKEN
*Dinner Raffle SponsorTAKEN
*Super Raffle Sponsor - TAKEN
Coffee Kick-Off SponsorTAKEN
Snack Sponsor - TAKEN
Driving Range Sponsor - TAKEN
Putting Green SponsorTAKEN
Cart Sponsor - TAKEN
*Par 3 Challenge SponsorTAKEN
Team Sponsor - $850 - 3’ x 2’ course sign

Sponsorships that do not include a foursome:
Hole Sponsor - $300 - 2’ x 1.5’ course sign
Shillelagh Sponsor - $500 - 3’ x 2’ course sign

*New Sponsor Levels in 2023

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Barber Beast on the Bay
Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

September 9, 2023 | 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!

Includes team of 10:
Participant Medal Sponsor - TAKEN
10-Mile Course Map Sponsor TAKEN
Participant Shirt Sponsor - TAKEN
*10th Anniversary Participant Bag SponsorTAKEN

Includes team of 7:
Adapted Course - $7,500
Power Up Electrolyte Sponsor - $7,500
*Beast Crew Sponsor - $7,500

Includes team of 5:
Cheer Zone Sponsor -  TAKEN
Photo Booth Sponsor - TAKEN
‘The Beast’ Sponsor - TAKEN

General Sponsorship:
Supporting Sponsor - TAKEN
Refueling + Water Station - $2,000 - 7 available
Friends of the Beast- $1,000

These must be committed by August 1st.
*New Sponsor Levels in 2023

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