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July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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golfing dream can come true
One lucky winner
and a companion will have the opportunity to travel to the island
of Maui in January, 2006, for the opening event of the seasons
PGA Golf Tour, the Mercedes Championship, in a raffle to benefit Marthas
Vineyard Community Services.
Buchwald will draw the winning raffle ticket for a trip to
Maui to attend the season's PGA golf tour opener at this yearıs
Possible Dreams Auction. Martin Homlish donated the generous
prize. MV Times file photo by Ralph Stewart
The prize, offered as part of the organizations 2005 Possible
Dreams Auction, includes round-trip business-class airfare on Delta
Airlines for two people, accommodations at the Ritz Carlton on Maui,
VIP passes to the Plantation Club, golf clinics, tee times, a chauffeur-driven
Mercedes and many other extras. If Hawaii, golf, or luxury amenities
dont appeal, however, the winner may elect to take home $10,000
The raffle prize has been donated by SAP Global Marketing, Inc. and
its president and CEO, Martin Homlish, a summer resident of Edgartown.
Mr. Homlish, a longtime supporter of the Islands non-profit
social services organization, offered the dream as part of the auction
committees efforts to broaden the event to include more just
Over the years, so many people have told us their dream would
be for us to have items that they had some hope of winning, so we
responded by creating this raffle, committee member Kerry Scott
explained. Our friends Marty and Joanne Homlish offered this
spectacular item especially for the raffle and we all jumped at the
idea. We see it as a way for everyone to participate, as anyone who
buys a ticket has the possibility of winning the dream (or the cash).
Certainly, the holder of the winning ticket will benefit, but
also the entire community served by the agency will be the true beneficiaries,
she continued. This is important because it keeps dreams possible,
for everyone. We all like to take a chance and this is
a chance, an opportunity, for everyone to join in.
The idea grew in part from last years auction, where year-round
Islanders John Early and Steve Schwab bid up to $27,000 and finally
lost out on a Possible Dream to attend the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte
Carlo. When the Marthas Vineyard Times reported on the mens
dashed dream, Mr. Homlish offered them a similar trip to the Spanish
Grand Prix in Barcelona if they were willing to pony up the $27,000
they had bid at the auction. They accepted, and this past May their
racing dream came true in sunny Spain.
Martys generosity, coupled with John and Steves
support of Marthas Vineyard Community Services while pursuing
their passion for Formula One racing, resulted in the best outcome
for us all, said committee co-chair Jim Shane. The fact
that we surpassed the previous years record-breaking auction
tally was not only an exhilarating experience, but those extra funds
made it possible for the organization to provide Islanders with all
kinds of services that might have otherwise fallen through the cracks.
The raffle offers a Possible Dream to the community at a much
more affordable price, he said. Its one of several
new ideas were trying, along with an online auction, to make
this fundraiser more accessible and fun for the public.
The raffle tickets for the Maui golf dream are $100 each, with a limit
of 1,000 to be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the auction
on August 1 by beloved auctioneer and humorist Art Buchwald, who celebrates
his 80th birthday this year.
Tickets are now on sale at Marthas Vineyard Community Services,
all Good Dog Goods stores, The Granary Gallery, Chilmark Store, Your
Market, and through members of the Possible Dreams Auction Committee.
For additional information on the raffle and the auction, please call
508-693-7900, ext. 267, or visit www.mvcommunityservices.com.
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