On March 9, 2017, Patrice Alexander Alaquiva and her husband, Emmai, hosted a fundraiser celebration for their favorite charities and to celebrate the recognition of being one of Whirl Magazine’s 2017 “Couples Who Make a Difference.” Along with generous donations from guests, they raised over $5,000 for Baptist Temple Church and East End Cooperative Ministry.

For more than four years Emily Hoffman has been working on a tall ship based out of Erie, the Niagara, which is a historically accurate replica of the ship that Oliver Hazard Perry used to win the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The Niagara operates as a Sailing School Vessel running two to four-week long sail training programs and educational day sails out of the Erie Maritime Museum, including school sails for grades eight and up. Emily is happy to be contacted for information about the programs or to make a presentation.