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Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit

Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit logo28th Annual Benefit
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Asticou Inn
Northeast Harbor, Maine

Thanks to many donors, artists, sponsors, and friends, the 28th Annual Benefit was a wonderful success.  Mark your calendars for August 11, 2018, when we will hold the 29th Annual Benefit. 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 preserve and protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and cultural distinctiveness of Acadia.

The 28th Annual Benefit was chaired by Donna Eacho, a summer resident of Seal Harbor, Maine, who led a committee of dedicated volunteers. The Saturday event featured a silent auction, live auction with Christie’s Auctioneer Lydia Fenet, cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing to the Jon Bates Band. Benefit Patrons who help to underwrite the costs of the event were invited to the Patron Preview Party, hosted the Wednesday evening prior to the event.  This year, the Patron Preview Party was hosted by Steven and Lalage Rales in Northeast Harbor.

The lead corporate sponsor for the 28th Annual benefit was Chilton Trust Company.

By participating in the Benefit Auction—whether 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—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.

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.