Saturday, August 13, 2016
Northeast Harbor, Maine
The Friends of Acadia Benefit Auction offers a way for all friends of Acadia National Park to provide essential support while enjoying a wonderful evening of fun and friendship. Our thanks go to the volunteers, Benefit Patrons, and Business Sponsors who made the 2016 Benefit Auction possible. A special “thank you” goes to the many artists, individuals, and businesses who contributed more than 100 auction items.
Every year the Paddle Raise is a highlight of the evening and this year did not disappoint. More than 60 donors 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.