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The Martha's Vineyard Times

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July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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This golfing dream can come true
July 14, 2005



Art 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
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 season’s PGA Golf Tour, the Mercedes Championship, in a raffle to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

The prize, offered as part of the organization’s 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 don’t appeal, however, the winner may elect to take home $10,000 instead.

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 Island’s non-profit social services organization, offered the dream as part of the auction committee’s efforts to broaden the event to include more “just plain folks.”

“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 year’s 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 Martha’s Vineyard Times reported on the men’s 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.

“Marty’s generosity, coupled with John and Steve’s support of Martha’s 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 year’s 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. “It’s one of several new ideas we’re 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 Martha’s 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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