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Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

The 32nd Annual Benefit and Auction

With great appreciation to Chilton Trust Company–the Annual Benefit Presenting Sponsor for the eighth year–Friends of Acadia returned to a virtual platform to host its Annual Benefit on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Led by Friends of Acadia’s Benefit Committee and co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce, the online Benefit included a Live and Silent Auction, an exciting paddle raise, and guest speakers.

This event has always been a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together to celebrate the park and raise critical funds for conservation projects in Acadia. At the fun and fast-paced event, registrants can bid on incredible trips and experiences, artwork, jewelry, and a host of one-of-a-kind items–all to benefit our favorite park! A highlight of the evening is the annual paddle raise, where this year bidders raised their “virtual” paddles to support a very special and timely project in the park. 


The Live Auction event was  hosted on The live program featured Christie’s auctioneer, Lydia Fenet.

Auction items included:

  • A naming opportunity in John Grisham’s upcoming novel released in 2022
  • Garden tour and cocktails at Clove Brook Farm, home of Christopher Spitzmiller
  • An afternoon sail, cocktails, and garden tour with Martha Stewart at Skylands
  • A week stay at an Antigua Beachfront Estate at Jumby Bay
  • Beautiful Dan Falt creations
  • And more!


The annual paddle raise came after the live auction. In this portion of the program, bidders have chance to support a very special initiative that is important to the park–and all can participate, because there is no limit to what you can pledge, low or high. Donations can still be made to this fund. See link below.

This year’s paddle raise will support Greening Acadia: Advancing Sustainability in the Park.

This newly established fund will contribute to projects, equipment, and capital improvements to reduce carbon footprint and emissions across the park. Installing solar panels on park buildings and electric vehicle charging stations at strategic locations and replacing vehicles and equipment with electric or more fuel-efficient options will allow for Acadia to operate sustainability over time – both environmentally and financially.




“The FOA and Acadia partnership is often at the vanguard of movements throughout the National Park Service. I am proud to support this endeavor not only to make an important difference for Acadia, but also to serve as a model to other National Parks and their Friends Groups on how to green parks throughout the country. This effort, and efforts replicated throughout the country will have a lasting local and global impact.” – Vassar Pierce, co-chair of the 32nd Annual Benefit

Laura & Vassar Pierce, co-chairs of the Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit Auction.


Thank you again for all who contributed to the planning of this revised event. Should you have any questions on auction items or donations, please contact Marisa Marinelli, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events, at 207-288-3340 ext. 115 or


Learn more on how to become a Benefit Patron.