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Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit logo29th Annual Benefit
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Asticou Inn
Northeast Harbor, Maine

Planning is well underway for the 29th Annual Benefit. Special thanks to our Host Committee: Gail Clark, Lydia Kimball, Elizabeth Mills, Laura Pierce, and Lynne Wheat for leading the way! 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.

This Benefit begins with a cocktail hour and Silent Auction at 6:30 pm, transitions to dinner and Live Auction with Christie’s Auctioneer Lydia Fenet at 7:30 pm, and culminates in dancing to the Jon Bates Band.

Benefit Patrons who help to underwrite the costs of the event are invited to the Patron Preview Party, hosted the Wednesday evening prior to the event.

The lead corporate sponsor for the 29th Annual benefit is 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.