31st Annual Benefit
Saturday, August 8, 2020
For 30 years, Friends of Acadia’s Annual Benefit has been a highlight of the summer season and a wonderful way to bring our community together to celebrate the park while raising critical funds for conservation projects. Due to COVID-19, FOA did not hold the 31st Annual Benefit as an in-person event but instead offered a virtual event program that accomplished the same two goals. FOA’s Benefit Committee, led by co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce, and FOA staff re-designed the Benefit to take place on an online platform the evening of Saturday, August 8.
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 $15 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.
Benefit Patrons help to underwrite the costs of the event.
Patron contributions can be made here.
A highlight of every Benefit is the Paddle Raise. Proceeds from the 2020 Paddle Raise are helping to fund the Acadia Resilience Fund to help the park address challenges related to the pandemic and Benefit participants had the opportunity to virtually raise their paddles to support this initiative.
OUR SPECIAL THANKS to the Benefit Committee, this year’s co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce; Chilton Trust, our Presenting Sponsor; and to Mount Desert 365 for donating the display space.