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Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit logo28th Annual Benefit
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Asticou Inn
Northeast Harbor, Maine

Thanks to many donors, artists, sponsors, and friends, the 28th Annual Benefit was a wonderful success.  Mark your calendars for August 11, 2018, when we will hold the 29th Annual Benefit. If you have any auction ideas or would like additional information about the event, please contact Shawn Keeley 207-288-3340,

About the Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

The Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit has become a wonderful tradition celebrating conservation, friendship, and philanthropy, all to benefit Acadia National Park. Since its inception in 1990, the Benefit has raised over $12 million for Acadia; providing critical funds to support new and ongoing programs in Acadia that engage youth, protect natural and cultural resources, and contribute to a quality visitor experience in the park.

The 28th Annual Benefit was chaired by Donna Eacho, a summer resident of Seal Harbor, Maine, who led a committee of dedicated volunteers. This year’s Benefit featured a silent auction, live auction with Christie’s Auctioneer Lydia Fenet, cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing to the Jon Bates Band. Benefit Patrons who help to underwrite the costs of the event were invited to the Patron Preview Party, hosted the Wednesday evening prior to the event.  This year, the Patron Preview Party was hosted by Steven and Lalage Rales in Northeast Harbor.

The lead corporate sponsor for the 28th Annual benefit was Chilton Trust Company.

A highlight of every Benefit is the Paddle Raise. This year over 60 donors raised their paddles to collectively contribute $240,000 for the restoration of historic structures in Acadia. See the video below about the four structures that will be restored thanks in part to our paddle raise donors, including the Jordan Pond and Brown Mountain gatehouses as well as the Gilley House and Keeper’s House on Baker Island.

Help Preserve Acadia’s Historic Structures from Friends of Acadia on Vimeo.