CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy President William J. Brennan announced that the college will host its sixth annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services and academic programs. The event, featuring a dinner, live music and live and silent auctions will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland. According to Brennan, guests at the event may bid on a variety of items ranging from a three-day fishing trip in Costa Rica to a pair of earrings from A.G.A. Correa and Son. Disco party fun for the evening will be provided by Motor Booty Affair. Dress for the event is cocktail attire.

Coordinated by the college’s Advancement Office with the support of a volunteer committee of alumni and friends, the event will be sponsored by Cianbro Corporation, Ocean Properties Ltd., Strategic Maintenance Solutions Inc., Harriman Architects and Engineers, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Camden National Bank.

Bidding for silent auction items will continue through the early part of the evening. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks catering staff will offer plate-service dining featuring a variety of selections. The live auction, featuring a cruise aboard the academy’s historic schooner Bowdoin, Portland Sea Dogs tickets, a one-night stay and spa package at the Wentworth by The Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, N.H., and Red Sox vs. Yankee tickets will kick off at 8:30 p.m.

All auction items, including unique vacation and recreation adventures, are made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends of the college.

Organizers said the auction item list is expanding daily. Online bidding, along with a preview of silent and live auction items, is available at

Tickets are limited and available by advance reservation for $80 per person or $600 for a table of eight. To donate an item for auction or to purchase tickets, call Jessica Hosford at 326-2470 during weekday business hours.