Friends of Acadia’s
35th Annual Benefit & Auction

Mark your calendars for August 10, 2024 to celebrate Acadia National Park and raise critical funds for conservation projects!

Oh, What a Night!

It was great fun to see veteran friends and so many new faces in 2023 at the 34th Annual Benefit. The party was a true celebration of a park that gives so much to so many!

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you all again in 2024 and are already busy planning. Details to come!

Bob Bell, Martha Stewart, Gary Lickle, Betsy Mills, Lynne Wheat, Michele Henry, Tim Harrington, and Gail Clark enjoy the festivities at the 2023 Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit on Saturday, August 12, 2023. (Photo by Ashley Anderson/Friends of Acadia)

Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit guests enjoy the oyster bar during the event’s silent auction portionof the evening at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor on August 14. (Photo by Julia Walker Thomas/Friends of Acadia)

Paddle Raise: A New Boat for Acadia!

Acadia National Park Will Get a New Boat Thanks to Patrons at the 34th Annual Friends of Acadia Benefit!

The Paddle Raise was a huge success! Lynne Wheat and Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers led the paddle raise with an opening bid of $100,000. Nearly 100 additional paddles were raised after that making the purchase of the boat a reality.

The boat is a $375,000 Muson 26’ PackMan Landing Craft and it will enable to park to preserve 64 miles of coastline and over 180 conservation easements, most on offshore islands.


Benefit Co-Chair Laura Katona, Friends of Acadia’s Special Events Coordinator Jen Byer, and Benefit Co-Chair Kathleen McIntyre (Photo by Julia Walker Thomas/Friends of Acadia)

Thank you!

Great appreciation goes to Chilton Trust Company and all Patrons and volunteers who are dedicated to this beloved event. The Friends of Acadia’s Benefit Committee was led this year by Laura Katona and Kathleen McIntyre. Thank you also to our media sponsor Decor Maine.

Our greatest appreciation to the Patrons of the Friends of Acadia Benefit. Their support makes our special event possible! The Patron Program is a vital source of funding for Friends of Acadia’s conservation work in Acadia, from trails and carriage roads, to youth programs and resiliency to climate change.