Friends of VINP Online Auction Coming Soon


A week’s stay at the luxury villa Isla Vista, above, is just one of the great prizes available for bid at Friends of VINP’s online auction.

The Fourth Annual Friends of V.I. National Park Online Auction, a signature event that raises funds to support programs and projects in V.I. National Park, will be opening in about two weeks for holiday shopping, and Friends is reaching out to local businesses to find unique, special-interest items that can be auctioned online to benefit the park. 

This much-anticipated event offers great deals on retail goods and services such as jewelry, dining, clothing, art, hotel and villa stays and excursions.

There are already more than 40 items published for viewing before the auction opens on November 16. 

Highlights include a seven-night stay at the luxury villa, Isla Vista, a diamond and silver limpet necklace and earring set from R&I Patton, gourmet catering, day trips, custom artwork, photography, weddings and much more. Retail values to be bid on are from $85 to $10,000.

The popular online auction features items and packages for bidding in time for holiday gift giving, and island visitors often plan their vacation stays and activities based on the auction items.

The event is widely publicized to Friends of VINP members and local and social media, making it a great way to showcase local businesses and activities. This triple-win scenario gives great deals to shoppers, great exposure to local businesses and great support to the VI National Park. 

The auction opens for bidding on November 16, at 9 a.m. EST and will run until December 9, at 8 p.m. EST. 

This year’s goal is to raise $30,000 to support Friends’ mission of the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of VINP and to promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure.

Any business which would like to be promoted through this event, should contact Friends of VINP to donate an item. Call Karen Vahling at 779-4940 or email

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 14.

Shoppers can preview the growing list of items and register to bid by visiting Check out the fabulous items and deals to be had!