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Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

Join us for 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 will be returning to a virtual platform to host its Annual Benefit this year on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm (ET).

Led by Friends of Acadia’s Benefit Committee and co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce, the online  Benefit will include 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. We’ll continue those traditions and involve you in new and inclusive virtual activities!



Phone: text the word ACADIA to 843-606-5995 and follow the link to register

Computer: visit EVENT.GIVES/ACADIA to reserve your ticket to the live event

There is no ticket cost this year!

Can’t make the event, plan ahead with an ABSENTEE BALLOT!



Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 7:00 pm (ET)

Like last year, the silent auction will open bidding one week prior to the event on Friday, August 6 and through Saturday, August 14. The live program on August 14 will feature Christie’s auctioneer, Lydia Fenet.

Auction items include:

  • 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!

To view our auction items in person, visit Friends of Acadia’s Pop-Up Shop at 115 Main Street in Northeast Harbor open Monday-Friday, 12:00-4:00pm through August 13.


Funds 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. Read more here.

“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.



If you are interested in hosting a Watch Party this year, and would like to be involved in the Benefit, we want to know! Contact Marisa Marinelli at

“Last year our FOA Benefit Watch party was a small gathering of FOA friends who shared great camaraderie by putting together a consortium around a LIVE auction item-success. Intimate, yet inclusive evening to support Acadia.” – Anne Green, Chair, Board of Directors



Benefit Boxes will be available to purchase again this year. Enjoy some of Benefit’s favorite traditions in your home during the Benefit.

Thank you again for all who contributed to the planning of this revised event. We are excited to kick-off another successful year! Should you have any questions on registration, auction items, or watch parties, 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 and about the Patron Preview Party.