Canal Boat Captain's Ball

Friday, May 17, 2019
6 p.m. Gathering, 7 p.m. Dinner with live auction to follow

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will be hosting the Canal Boat Captains Ball at the Akron Fairlawn Hilton. The Captain's Ball is a premier fundraiser that benefits the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and our efforts to build the Towpath Trail through northeast Ohio, as well as thank members of the community for their support of the Towpath Trail. This year, we are honoring Dr. Brian Harte, President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General as honorary Canal Boat Captain.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. A social hour will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and a silent and live auction. Proceeds from this event benefit the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and the continued development of the Towpath Trail and Connector Trails.

If you are interested in learning more about the event or would like to purchase a seat, contact Lydia Hoffman at (330) 374-5657 or

Location: Akron Fairlawn Hilton, 3180 W Market St., Akron, OH 44333
RSVP by: May 10

Sponsor/Seat Prices:

Boatman Seats ($100 per person)
Commadore Seats ($175 per person)
Commissioner Seats ($250 per person)
Corporate Sponsor ($1,000 per table of eight)

2019 Honorary Canal Boat Captain, Dr. Brian Harte

Brian Harte, MD, SFHM, is president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region, which includes more than a dozen Cleveland Clinic healthcare facilities. He joined Akron General in September 2016 and previously served as president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. Prior to Hillcrest, Dr. Harte was president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.

Dr. Harte earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University (where his senior thesis focused on the settlement of the Western Reserve), and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Harte lives in Shaker Heights with his wife and three children. He is passionate about the history of Northeast Ohio and the role that the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Towpath Trail have played and continue to play in that history. He also runs and snowshoes regularly on the Towpath and is excited to see the network of trails and green spaces evolve in the Cleveland-Akron area. Dr. Harte is on the boards of Leadership Akron and the Akron Roundtable, and is honored to be this year’s Honorary Captain.