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!

Friends of Acadia is thrilled to celebrate our 33rd Annual Benefit with you in person under the tent at the stunning Asticou Inn once again!

This year’s Benefit includes a seated dinner, Live Auction and Paddle Raise featuring Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet, and dancing the evening away to the music of The Jon Bates Band. Our Silent Auction will be hosted online, similar to the previous two years.

The Annual Benefit is always a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together to celebrate the park and raise critical funds for conservation projects. We are delighted to continue that tradition.

Our great appreciation goes to Chilton Trust Company, the Annual Benefit Presenting Sponsor for the ninth year.

When: Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor [Directions]
Tickets: Annual Benefit registration is open! See below for additional information.
*Note: You do not need to purchase a ticket to participate in the online Silent Auction.

See below for complete registration information.


Annual Benefit registration is open now. Purchase your tickets to this year’s Benefit via our Benefit Auction site:

Individual Benefit Tickets and Young Friend Tickets are available. The Patron Program is now fully subscribed. To be placed on the wait list, contact Marisa Marinelli.

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.

If you do not plan to attend in person, but still wish to bid in the online silent auction, you will also register via the Benefit Auction site:

Need help registering? See step-by-step instructions on registration, whether you’re paying with a credit card or via check, stock gift, grant, or DAF.

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!

Online Silent Auction

The online silent auction is open August 5-14 and features long-time Benefit artists, experiences, and other unique offerings.

View the Silent Auction + Start Bidding

Online Silent Auction

Opens 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 are hosted online HERE and at the Asticou for your viewing starting Friday, August 5. You can also view the Benefit catalog [PDF].

Check out some of the silent auction highlights.

Note: Items will not be displayed or auctioned under the tent at the Annual Benefit.
Create an account to view and bid online at
Note: You do not need to purchase a ticket to the Benefit to participate in the online Silent Auction.


Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet during the 2018 Annual Benefit. (Photo by Will Newton/Friends of Acadia)

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 out the auction items in the Benefit catalog and on the auction website!

Benefit Catalog

View the Benefit catalog for event details plus live and silent auction items and more info about the 2022 Paddle Raise!

View the Catalog [PDF]

Paddle Raise

A highlight of every Benefit is the Paddle Raise.

This year’s Paddle Raise will support Friends of Acadia’s Wild Acadia 2.0 initiative with a new focus on investing in our natural resources and preparing for future conditions given climate change. Wild Acadia 2.0 is helping to restore important park habitats, but with an innovative forward-thinking approach of managing for future expected environmental conditions rather than looking to the past.

Your gift to the Wild Acadia 2.0 Paddle Raise in 2022 will help Friends of Acadia contribute to the long-term resiliency of park ecosystems. Learn more about Wild Acadia 2.0 and why it’s so important.

If you are able to attend the Benefit we hope you will raise your paddle. If you cannot attend, you can make a contribution online at

Thank you!

Great appreciation goes to Chilton Trust Company, the Annual Benefit Presenting Sponsor for the ninth year.

Appreciation to Friends of Acadia’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, for making this year’s Annual Benefit possible.

And a very special thanks also to this year’s Annual Benefit Patrons.

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, former 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