Mariner’s Ball


Join us for the 7th Annual Mariner’s Ball

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Join us for an evening of camaraderie and cocktails as you take in the stunning views of Erie’s own U.S. Brig Niagara. This year’s maritime event will feature live entertainment from Tennessee Backporch, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and food stations. Cocktails will be served from multiple bars in the museum, on the plaza, and aboard Niagara.  We enhance the evening with our silent and live auctions.  The evening will be highlighted with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. This will be a night you don’t want to miss.

Honoring Dr. Robert and Betsy Guelcher with the 2017 Flagship Niagara Legacy Award

Dr. Robert & Betsy Guelcher are the recipients of this year’s, “Flagship Niagara Legacy Award.” This is an annual award presented to a couple or individual for outstanding service to The Flagship Niagara League. Dr. Guelcher was born in Erie.  He graduated from Academy High School and proceeded to the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine, in 1960.  Dr. Guelcher was a Captain in the Air Force in 1961-63 and did a residency in ENT surgery in 1964-67.  He practiced in Cleveland, Ohio, for five years, and returned to Erie in 1972.  He served as a successful ENT doctor for over 30 years.  Mrs. Guelcher enjoys spending her volunteer time serving on various non-profit boards and supporting The Gertrude A. Barber Center.

6:00 p.m. VIP Sponsor Reception

7:00 p.m. Main Event



Evening catered by



Evening Entertainment from Tennessee Backporch


Tickets on sale NOW until April 15, 2017

General Admission Tickets:
$150 per person
– includes admission to main event beginning at 7 p.m.



Officer’s Circle Sponsorship:
$500 per couple
– Sponsorship includes two (2) tickets to Sponsors Only VIP Reception beginning at 6 p.m. where you can enjoy an exclusive VIP menu, entertainment & live music, and name listed in the event program as Officer’s Circle Sponsor.