The 6th Annual Friends of VI National Park Online Auction will be ending soon on Sunday, December 7th at 10 pm EST. Bidding has been lively but there is still time to swoop in for great deals on 72 items with a total retail value of over $100,000. Opening bids are only 1/3 of retail value, and all proceeds support programs and projects in our national park. The auction is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping from the comfort of home. There are items priced between $100 and $10,000 so there is something for everyone. Find great deals on retail goods and services such as jewelry, dining, clothing, art, hotel and villa stays and excursions. The auction website is A great deal can be had on some very fine jewelry. As of this writing, there is still no opening bid on a stunning necklace from R&I PATTON. It consists of sapphire briolettes, approximately 59 carats total weight, extra fine quality in multicolors, with a 14k yellow gold chain, designed and strung by R&I PATTON at Mongoose Junction, St John, VI. The value on this strand is $3,190. The opening bid is $1,100. It would make an amazing Christmas gift for your island girl! Sailing and boating excursions abound, so bid on an adventure while helping the park! A special new item this year: Dinner for 6 at The Terrace with the Park Superintendent, Brion Fitzgerald! The winners will enjoy exquisite food and learn from first-hand information from the head of our VI National Park. There are also 19 villa rentals and vacation stays to bid on. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000 to support Friends’ mission of the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park and to promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. For more information please contact Karen Vahling at 779-4940 or .