Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Barber Beast on the Bay
September 11, 2021

The 8th annual Barber Beast on the Bay is set for Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Presque Isle State Park (USA Today’s ‘Best Pennsylvania Attraction’) in Erie, PA.  Participants will take on 10 miles of sand, water, and trails – it’s the nature of the Beast! 

Be ready to run, jump, climb and crawl across more than 30 obstacles on the shores of Lake Erie at the biggest obstacle course race in Erie, PA!  And while you tackle your challenges during the Beast, you’ll also be helping the children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges at the Barber National Institute who take on their own obstacles on a daily basis, as the event supports the non-profit and its more than 6,300 individuals.

A one-mile adapted course will also be 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!

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 Ladies Only Luncheon
November 20, 2021

With safety restrictions in place, the Ladies Only Luncheon did 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 Christmas Ball
December 11, 2021

In anticipation of continuing safety guidelines, the Barber Christmas Ball did 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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Recent Past Events


 Shillelagh Golf Tournament
June 17, 2021

Whispering Woods Golf Course

The return of the Shillelagh Golf Tournament was a wonderful gathering for all golfers.  The event included lunch, dinner and a round of golf on one of the area's most versatile and scenic courses.  All safety protocols were followed. 

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 2022!

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Barber Beast on the Block - Virtual 5k
May 21-24, 2021

Beat your own Beast in your neighborhood, your favorite park – anywhere you can take on the physical challenges of this fun new event!

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a couch potato, it’s all your race at your pace. Go alone or while socially distancing with your family, friends or teammates!

Included with registration are:

  • An awesome virtual 5k finisher shirt complete with our Beast on the Block logo.
  • Virtual medal to humble-brag with on social media.
  • Participant bib PDF to print and pin on for those virtual 5k selfies.

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The Jay & Mona Kang
Virtual Art Show & Sale
"Celebrating the Possibilities"

KeyBank Donor Debut: April 8-11, 2021

Virtual Art Show: April 12-22, 2021

All virtual, all online, all day long, the Jay & Mona Kang Art Show & Sale is one of the largest and most diverse Art Shows in the region, with paintings, photography, and sculptures from over 400 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 the Barber National Institute serves in group homes, behavioral health therapies and other essential services.

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Barber Christmas Lights Contest

The Barber National Institute made the spirit BRIGHT through the 2020 holiday season with its Home for the Holiday’s Christmas Lights Contest.

A huge thank you to our participating homes, businesses and sponsors who partnered with us to spread cheer to our neighborhoods in Pennsylvania's Erie, Crawford and Warren counties!

The community dug out their Christmas lights from the attic and got creative with festive outdoor holiday decorations. Whether a traditional look, 10-foot inflatables or taking the Griswold Family Christmas to heart, all ideas were welcome! Both homes and businesses located in Pennsylvania's Erie, Crawford and Warren counties could participate, sending 2020 out on a bright note!

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