Canal Boat Captain's Ball

Virtual Auction, June 18-25


View and bid in the virtual auction here!

Each year at the Canal Boat Captain's Ball, we celebrate our accomplishments along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the leaders who make the work possible. This year, things will look a bit different! In place of our usual in-person gala event, we are moving our auction online and open to the public. This means that no matter where you are in the National Heritage Area or beyond, you have the hance to win great items or experiences while supporting the Towpath Trail!

The auction will be held from Thursday, June 18, to Thursday, June 25. The link to view the auction, register, and bid will be posted on June 18. Upon registration, you will be signed up for text alerts regarding items on which you have bid.

Know someone who might like to join the fun? This year's auction is open to the public - please consider forwarding the auction link to interested friends or family!

Honoring City of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan

Our 2020 Honorary Canal Boat Captain is City of Akron Mayor, Daniel Horrigan!

Since taking office in 2016, Mayor Horrigan’s list of accomplishments has grown quickly. So far, he has tripled Akron’s annual repaving budget, reduced the City’s financial obligation on mandated sewer projects by $83 million, passed the City’s first non-discrimination ordinance, has been successful in attracting a community college in Stark State Akron, convened annual Healthy Equity Summits to address maternal and child health, and partnered with the United Way of Summit County in opening the City’s first Financial Empowerment Center to offer free financial counseling to residents.

Also, with a focus on reinvigorating business and housing development, he has created a new open innovation hub downtown called Bounce to spur business growth, commissioned a Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan, and instituted a tax abatement program to incentivize housing renovation and construction.

As Mayor continues to move Akron forward, he strongly believes the city’s future rests on engaged and servant-style leadership.