To the Editor:
On Aug. 13, Friends of Acadia held the 33rd Annual Benefit to support key conservation projects in Acadia National Park. It was the first in-person benefit held in two years, and hundreds of friends and supporters gathered at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor where the energy and enthusiasm were palpable. From veteran friends to so many new people, the party was a true celebration of a park that gives so much to so many.
This year, we adapted the annual benefit’s silent auction and paddle raise so people could participate either in person under the tent or by bidding online. And more than 830 people participated in the combined benefit; up from about 500 last year.
Indeed, this outpouring of support is evidence that we are a community that pulls together for each other, and Acadia is often at the center. On behalf of all of us at Friends of Acadia, I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in some way in the Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit.
We are grateful to the wonderful local artists and businesses who generously donated to our silent auction, as well as those who bid on and won silent auction items. Finally, we had terrific sponsorship support from local and national businesses, led by Chilton Trust.
Both the live auction and the silent auction are now complete, and we were particularly excited to extend our 2022 paddle raise for Wild Acadia 2.0 through the end of August. This year’s paddle raise was aimed at combating the effects of climate change and helping to restore park habitats with an innovative, forward-thinking approach. Remember that monster storm we experienced last June washing out carriage roads and closing Maple Spring Trail? That’s an example of how the park is being impacted by climate change and we’re likely to see more big storms in the future.
We’re incredibly grateful for this community that supports Acadia National Park and our efforts to preserve and protect it now and for future generations. Thank you!
Lisa Horsch Clark
Director of Development/Donor Relations
Friends of Acadia