28th Annual Benefit
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Northeast Harbor, Maine
The Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit is has become a wonderful tradition celebrating conservation, friendship, and philanthropy, all to benefit Acadia National Park.
The Benefit Patron program has begun; you can make your Patron contribution here.
Benefit tickets will be available May 1, 2017.
Looking back on 2016, our thanks go to the volunteers, Benefit Patrons, and Business Sponsors who made the 27th Annual Benefit possible. A special “thank you” goes to the many artists, individuals, and businesses who contributed more than 100 auction items, and to the more than 60 donors who lifted their paddles to collectively raise over $300,000 to restore the historic Seaside Path and other village connector trails. The Seaside Path has been an important trail linking two iconic places on Mount Desert Island: Jordan Pond and Seal Harbor Beach. Designed and maintained by the Seal Harbor Village Improvement Society, the path traverses both park and private land, winds though mossy, coniferous forest, and passes beneath the triple-arched Stanley Brook Carriage Road Bridge. As Acadia enters its second century, restoring or establishing village connector trails is an important part of the park’s strategy to reduce traffic and provide car-free experiences in Acadia.
By participating in the Benefit Auction—by bidding on live or silent auction items at the event, sending in an absentee bid, or by simply attending the event or making a donation in support of it—you can make a real and lasting difference in the protection of Acadia. Friends of Acadia uses proceeds from the Benefit Auction 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.