Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


2020 Barber Christmas Lights Contest

Dec. 12, 2020 - Jan. 2, 2021

The Barber National Institute is making the spirit BRIGHT this holiday season with its Home for the Holiday’s Christmas Lights Contest. Let’s make the most of our time at home this season and spread cheer to our neighborhoods with festive outdoor decorations!

Dig out those Christmas lights from the attic and get creative. Whether you go for a traditional look, love 10-foot inflatables or take the Griswold Family Christmas to heart, all ideas are welcome! Both homes and businesses can participate. Let’s send 2020 out on a bright note!

As a new fundraiser for the Barber National Institute, a minimum donation of $25 will register a private residence, and a $50 minimum donation will sign up a business or organization location. 

We’re encouraging the community to select the winners by voting for their favorite entries. Online voting will be open from December 12 - January 2. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to vote for your Christmas lights to win!

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2021 VIRTUAL Art Show and Sale
"Celebrating the Possibilities"

Call For Entries: March 11-13, 2021

Donor Debut: April 8-11, 2021

Virtual Art Show: April 12-22, 2021

The Barber National Institute Art Show & Sale is one of the largest and most diverse Art Shows in the region, with paintings, photography and sculptures from over 500 youth, adult amateur and adult professional artists.

A great way to support the work of local artists, as well as the mission of the Barber National Institute that is now more vital than ever. Your purchase or donation helps in bringing life-sustaining care to the vulnerable populations we serve in our group homes, behavioral health therapies and other essential services.

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Recent Past Events


Annual Barber Christmas Ball

In anticipation of continuing safety guidelines, the Barber Christmas Ball will not take place as planned in 2020.

The loss of this event, one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Barber National Institute, will have a significant impact on the organization.  To help ensure that essential services continue, Ball attendees and supporters are encouraged to redirect the cost of their reservations to a donation

Please mark your calendar for the 2021 Barber Christmas Ball on Saturday, Dec. 11.

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Ladies Only Luncheon

With safety restrictions in place, the Ladies Only Luncheon will not take place as planned in 2020.  This important fundraiser helped raise needed funds to support services for children at the Barber National Institute.

In lieu of the cost of reservations, patrons and attendees are asked to make a donation to the Barber National Institute.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 for the return of the Ladies Only Luncheon.

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Barber Beast on the Bay

With safety protocols and restrictions in place, the Barber Beast on the Bay 10 mile and adapted course did not take place as planned in 2020.  In its place was a new event, Barber Beast on the Block, that enabled participants to complete a virtual 5K.

Included with registration were:

  • Link to a Beast recording that will offer suggested exercises and activities and motivational messages to listen to while you’re running or walking.
  • An awesome 2020 finisher shirt complete with our Beast on the Block logo.
  • Comfortable face covering perfect for a stroll or workout (you can never have enough!)
  • Virtual medal to humble-brag with on social media.
  • Participant bib PDF to print and pin on for those virtual 5k selfies.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 for the Barber Beast on the Bay!

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Shillelagh Golf Tournament

Whispering Woods Golf Course

Thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers who embraced social distancing and continued to support the mission of the Barber National Institute with the 2020 Shillelagh Golf Package.

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 again in June 2021!

Details on 2021 registration coming soon.

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