This past Saturday, Oct. 24, the community of Martha’s Vineyard came together to support one of their own, Olivia Hart, who was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. Olivia underwent surgery on Oct. 23 for a left ventricular assist device that will help her heart function as she awaits a transplant.
On Saturday, several hundred Islanders joined the owners and staff of the Seafood Shanty to raise money for Olivia. A trip to Hawaii, nights at local hotels, and gift certificates for on-Island restaurants were some of the donations offered to support the cause; around 110 items were donated. The Seafood Shanty charged $5 for a raffle ticket, and the most expensive items donated were available through a silent auction. Paul Size, Gordon Healy, and DJ Mateus Destefani provided the music.
A total of $38,000 was raised, and, in addition, the gofund me page, A Heart for Olivia Hart, set up by Olivia’s twin sister, Sofia Hart, has received more than $20,000 in contributions so far.
Olivia will return to the Island once she has recovered from surgery, to wait for her a new heart.