Smiles and generous bids at Sunday's Possible Dreams Auction

Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the spirit of Art Buchwald reigned at the summer highlight event.

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Michael Cummo

It was another night of bidding wars and laughs at the 37th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown Sunday night. This year Clifford the big red dog was ever-present at the event in dedication to the late Norman Bridwell, author of the children’s book series and supporter of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Island’s umbrella social services organization and host of the event.

“Look at this crowd, this is great,” event coordinator Liza May said before the kickoff of the live auction. She said she was “humbled by the support and generosity.”

After joking about this winter’s “storms of historic proportions,” funnyman and auctioneer Jimmy Tingle encouraged the full audience to “raise spirits, funds and awareness.”

And that they did. The big “dream” of the night was a week at David and Julia Keefe’s home in Castleview Park in Kinvara, Ireland. Halfway through the bidding another week was offered by the Keefes, bringing in two $12,000 bids.

By the end of the night overcast skies had turned blue as another year of possible dreams were fulfilled, concluding an evening that would surely make Mr. Buchwald smile. For more details on this event,  there is a new story about it, read it here