The 2nd annual Friends of the VI National Park online auction successfully wrapped up over the weekend. A statement from the group said the event raised $28,001.
"We are thrilled," said Heather Rusham, development director. The take was almost twice last year's $15,000 and well above the Friends' goal for this year, $25,000.
Among the 44 items offered during the two-week online auction were vacation stays on St. John, St. Croix, and Mexico. There were also a number of activities on the water including sailing and kayaking. A total of 199 bids were received and 95 percent of the items drew offers.
However, there was a lot of bargain hunting. No item went for more than its value.
- Three nights at Caneel Bay: Value $3,000, Sold for $2,600 (-13%)
- Sunset cruise and snorkel trip on the Sadie Sea: Value $1,300 Sold for $450 (-65%)
- 7 night sailing charter for 6- 8 people: Value $7,000 Sold for $3,500 (-50%)
Moral of the story: watch for the auction next year. Good Holiday shopping opportunity.