"Good news for our national park," said Karen Vahling, the Friends' devcelopment director. “People love shopping for a good cause, especially when all of the proceeds benefit our VI National Park, and they get great deals too."
The total sales of this year's online auction, which ended over the weekend, were about 50% greater than those of last year or the year before.
The auction included a a number of high value items, including several rental weeks at villas. This year's effort saw each of 58 listed items sell; last year 51 of 53 items offered drew bids.
- Diamond South Sea Pendant, valued at $2,200, sold for $500
- Seven-night barefoot charter on a 54-foot boat, valued at $9,100, sold for $4,500
- A week at Isla Vista, a beachfront villa, valued at $9,900, sold for $6,500
- Three nights at Caneel Bay, valued at $3,000, sold for $3,200