Possible Dreams came true for MVCS – Thank you


To the Editor:

On behalf of the Possible Dreams Committee, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the donors, bidders, and auction goers for their generous spirit and enthusiasm demonstrated during the 32nd Possible Dreams Auction on August 2, 2010 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. We would also like to thank our sponsors: American Express, Comcast, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, and Tilton Tents and Party Rentals, as well as the Martha’s Vineyard Times, MVY Radio, Plum TV and the Vineyard Gazette for their loyal support and extensive coverage of the event.

In concert with auctioneers Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons and their “Says You” Crew, scores of volunteers worked tirelessly to raise as much as possible for the benefit of our neighbors and friends who come to seek help from MVCS in times of personal crisis and need. To all of you, we are forever indebted. Last but not least, many thanks to the town of Oak Bluffs for hosting the auction at Ocean Park. The vistas were breathtaking, the grounds absolutely beautiful, and the help and cooperation we received from all the town officials were invaluable.

Founded in 1961, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services was established to meet the needs of Island residents. As the largest human services provider on the Vineyard, we believe that the health, safety, and well-being of each individual and family we serve is a human right rather than a privilege. To that end, we are happy to share that thanks to all you loyal supporters, the 32nd Possible Dreams Auction and Celebration Dinner has to date raised in excess of $450,000. This welcome revenue will go far in ensuring that especially in this year of much economic uncertainty and stress, Community Services will be available for all.

So much of what Community Services does is behind the scenes and confidential. We can’t post pictures or print names of our beneficiaries, but we can share a sampling of the powerful impact of the proceeds of an evening filled with Dreams.

Your donations will:

• provide child care so that parents can enter the work force and earn a living,

• support and advocate for those who find themselves in abusive situations,

• enable seniors and their caregivers to cope with the challenges of aging,

• find employment for those who are disabled,

• provide an ever-expanding continuum of care for those who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

As the Possible Dreams Auction made dreams come true, you in turn are making all of the above and much, much more a reality for so many who thought it impossible to survive in their time of crisis.

DiAnn Ray

Wiet Bacheller

Co-chairmen2010 Possible Dreams Auction