Barber Christmas Ball Benefits National Institute
'Christmas in the City' at the Bayfront Convention Center
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
This year, the Barber National Institute is celebrating their 70th year in style. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, the Barber Christmas Ball is a one night festive gala that supports the mission of the Barber National Institute, founded by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber in 1952.
Many Erie natives are likely familiar with the Barber National Institute and their mission to provide resources, education, and support to those with autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health challenges along with their families, working to help these children and adults to be self-reliant, independent members of their communities.
From humble beginnings in a borrowed YMCA classroom in 1952, the Barber National Institute has since expanded to six major locations across Pennsylvania, including offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, assisting children and adults in need thanks to the support of many generous donors. The Christmas Ball helps to raise funds to continue their work with the individuals who benefit from their services.
This year's Chair Couple are Tim and Lisa NeCastro, Erie natives dedicated to supporting their hometown. President and CEO of Erie Insurance since 2016, Tim has led his company's commitment to the city by directing more than $64 million to the downtown revitalization project. Lisa, since retiring from Erie Insurance after a 36-year career, volunteers with many various community causes, and is a founding member of United Way of Erie's Women United for Community Schools. The couple is currently chairing the campaign to fund the expansion and renovations planned for the expERIEnce Children's Museum.
Live music, delicious food, and breathtaking decorations all make up a fantastic evening for a fantastic cause. Barber National Institute invites everyone to come celebrate with friends, family, and neighbors this holiday season, in support of their mission.
Doors at 7 p.m., dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight // Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier // $95 donation // barberinstitute.org/events