Friends of VINP Online Auction Open for Bidding


A beautiful diamond and sterling limpet set by R&I Patton, above, is one of the many great gifts available for bid in Friends of VINP’s online auction.

The Fourth Annual Friends of VI National Park Online Auction, a signature event which raises funds to support programs and projects in the national park, is now open for bidding through December 9 at 8 p.m., EST. 

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 50 items published for viewing and bidding. Retail values to be bid on range from $85 to $10,000 with opening bids only one-third of retail costs.

Highlights include a seven-night stay at the luxury villa Isla Vista, several other villa and travel packages, a diamond and silver limpet necklace and earring set from R&I Patton, a seven-day bare-boat charter on a 52-foot Hylas, gourmet catering, boat, kayak, paddleboard and fishing trips and other adventure excursions, dining, artwork and more. 

The popular online auction is in perfect timing for holiday gift giving, and island visitors often plan their vacation stays and activities based on the auction items. The event helps local businesses reach a broad audience while giving support to the VINP. 

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 promote the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure, but official hope to top that.

“I am hoping to shatter the $30,000 mark and set a new ‘record’ for the event,” said Friends of VINP’s development director Karen Vahling.

Donations are closed for this event, but are being accepted for Friends of VINP’s Ninth Annual Gala which will be hosted at Presidio del Mar in Peter Bay on February 23. Contact Vahling at 779-4940 or with any questions about the online auction or gala events.

Shoppers can view and bid on items at