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31st Annual Benefit – a Virtual Event

31st Annual Benefit

Saturday, August 8, 2020


For 30 years, Friends of Acadia’s Annual Benefit has been a highlight of the summer season and a wonderful way to bring our community together to celebrate the park while raising critical funds for conservation projects. Due to COVID-19, FOA will not hold the 31st Annual Benefit as in in-person event but we are excited to offer a virtual event program that will accomplish the same two goals. FOA’s Benefit Committee, led by co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce, and FOA staff have re-designed the Benefit to take place on an online platform the evening of Saturday, August 8.

This year there is no ticket costs, all you have to do is register via your phone or computer.


To Register

PHONE: text the word: ACADIA to 843-606-5995 on your phone and follow the link to register

See auction items ahead of time at EVENT.GIVES/ ACADIA
If you have any questions, contact Shawn Keeley at shawn@ or 802-233-6863



Beginning Friday July 10th and continuing every Friday until the Benefit on August 8th, anyone who is registered for the event will be entered to win one of five fantastic giveaway packages.

What we have planned..

SILENT AUCTION    August 1 – August 8

featuring long-time Benefit artists and other unique offerings

LIVE EVENT    August 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Live Auction – bid on a stay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, a getaway in the Loire Valley, France, and more

Paddle Raise – Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet will help FOA raise money for the Acadia Resilience Fund, which will help FOA meet challenges related to COVID-19 such as funding mobile ranger studios to connect kids to the park, hiring local workers, and addressing other challenges related to the pandemic.

Voices of Acadia – hear from some of Acadia’s special friends on why preserving and protecting Acadia is particularly meaningful to them

Benefit Box – a fun way to bring some of the Benefit’s traditions into your home is in the works. Stay tuned.


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 $15 million for Acadia; providing critical funds 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.

Benefit Patrons help to underwrite the costs of the event.

Patron contributions can be made here.

A highlight of every Benefit is the Paddle Raise.  Proceeds from the 2019 Paddle Raise are helping to fund the restoration of 17 Acadia National Park’s Carriage Road Bridges. In 2018, more than 70 donors raised their paddles to collectively contribute over $300,000 to support the park’s acquisition and restoration of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.


OUR SPECIAL THANKS to the Benefit Committee, this year’s co-chairs Laura and Vassar Pierce, and Chilton Trust, our Presenting Sponsor.

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