Join us for Friends of Acadia’s 33rd Annual Benefit and Auction

Come together to celebrate Acadia National Park and raise critical funds for conservation projects on August 13, 2022 at the Asticou Inn!

With great appreciation to Chilton Trust Company, the Annual Benefit Presenting Sponsor for the ninth year, Friends of Acadia will be returning to the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m.

The Annual Benefit includes a live auction and paddle raise as well as a virtual silent auction.

Led by FOA’s Benefit Committee, Honorary Host Committee, Gail Clark, Donna Eacho, Lydia Kimball, Lynne Wheat and Host Committee, Bob Bell, Katie & Hamilton Clark, Lesley Draper & Bob Stolar, Aubin Dupree, Anne & Jim Green, Laura & Dave Katona, and Kathleen & Duncan McIntyre, we are thrilled to reunite with our patrons for a seated dinner, Live Auction and Paddle Raise under the tent. Our Silent Auction will remain virtual similar to the previous two years.

Special thanks also to this year’s Annual Benefit Patrons.

This event has always been a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together to celebrate the park and raise critical funds for conservation projects. We plan to continue those traditions to accomplish those goals with you this year!

Virtual Silent Auction

Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 14, 2022

Like last year, the silent auction will open bidding one week prior to the event on Friday, August 5, and close on Sunday, August 14, the morning after the Benefit. The auction will feature long-time Benefit artists, experiences, and other unique offerings. Items will be hosted online HERE and at the Asticou for your viewing during this week.

Preview items in person at the Asticou starting Friday, August 5.

Note: Items will not be displayed under the tent at the Annual Benefit.
Create an account to view and bid online at

Live Auction and Paddle Raise

Saturday, August 13, 2022
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

6:00 pm Cocktails & Hors d’ouevres

7:30 pm Dinner, Live Auction & Paddle Raise

9:00 pm Dancing with the Jon Bates Band

The live program will feature Christie’s auctioneer, Lydia Fenet.

Absentee bids can be placed by contacting the Friends of Acadia office. If you have any questions about the Benefit or would like to contribute an item to the silent or live auctions, please contact Marisa Marinelli at

Check back in July for posted Auction items!

Paddle Raise

A highlight of every Benefit is the Paddle Raise. In 2021, more than 75 donors raised their virtual paddles to collectively contribute over $300,000 to support the park’s newly establish fund Greening Acadia: Advancing Sustainability in the Park.

This year’s Paddle Raise will support FOA’s Wild Acadia 2.0 initiative with a new focus on investing in our natural resources and preparing for future conditions given climate change.

If you are able to attend the Benefit we hope you will raise your paddle. If you cannot attend, you can make a contribution by using the enclosed gift form or online at


The Patron Program is underway! Benefit Patrons who help to underwrite the cost of the event are invited to the Patron Preview Party hosted on the Wednesday evening prior to the event. Learn more about the Benefit Patron Program and the Patron Preview Party.

To become a Benefit Patron and purchase your Benefit tickets in advance, visit
(See step-by-step instructions on registration, whether you’re paying with a credit card or via check, stock gift, grant, or DAF.)

Individual Benefit Tickets and Young Friend Tickets will be released in June!

For questions on registration, contact Marisa Marinelli, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events at

Thank you again to all who contributed to the planning of this revised event. We are excited to kick off another successful year!

Vassar Pierce, Co-Chair of the 32nd Annual Benefit

The FOA and Acadia partnership is often at the vanguard of movements throughout the National Park Service. I am proud to support this endeavor not only to make an important difference for Acadia, but also to serve as a model to other National Parks and their Friends Groups on how to green parks throughout the country. This effort, and efforts replicated throughout the country will have a lasting local and global impact.

Anne Green, Chair, Board of Directors

Last year our FOA Benefit Watch party was a small gathering of FOA friends who shared great camaraderie by putting together a consortium around a LIVE auction item-success. Intimate, yet inclusive evening to support Acadia