Jul 212017

by Natasha Heinz

The Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services takes place Sunday, July 30, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama. Celebrities and notables with close ties to the island will be donating “dreams” to raise money for programs that work to support Island residents and ensure that Martha’s Vineyard is a happy and healthy place to live.

Celebrating its 39th anniversary this year, the Possible Dreams Auction has grown into an event known worldwide that brings together individuals that desire to raise money for the island. “Over the years, many celebrities, each with a special personal connection to Martha’s Vineyard, have donated unique, one-of-a-kind opportunities for live auction, silent auction, super silent auction or raffle,” explains development associate and events coordinator Jessica Rogers.

The 2017 edition of the auction brings a few new additions, including a food truck by chef Josh Aronie, exclusive cocktail mixes from Island Cocktail company featuring MV Distillery Vodka, a photo booth by Salty Snapshots, $1 Oyster Bar from 3:30 p.m. to 5 pm by Spearpoint Oysters, a concert by The PickPocket Bluegrass Band during cocktail hour and after party entertainment by The Chandler Blues Band.

Another interesting addition is proxy bidding, which makes it possible for individuals who won’t be able to attend the event in person to bid on auction (dream) items.

As for the dreams, Seth Meyers is back with the donation of tickets to a taping of his show in NYC and a personal backstage meet and greet. Also up for grabs is a celebrity poker game organized by Ronnie Simon to take place at Alan Dershowitz’s house in Chilmark. A private showing of any movie for up to 150 of your closest friends at the Capawock Theater is also up for bid. A 6 night/7 day all-inclusive getaway to St. Lucia and an in-home Caribbean themed meal by Chef Deon are other auction items at this year’s event.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or the day of the event. MVCS is also looking for volunteers for the event. Additional information is available on the group’s homepage.

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