MVCS gears up for 39th annual Possible Dreams Auction


The Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction, which benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) and its six core programs, celebrates its 39th anniversary this year on Sunday, July 30, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama, a press release states.

“For years, I have been a fan of the Possible Dreams Auction,” said Ernie Boch Jr., the presenting sponsor of this year’s auction. “I’m proud to support Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, an organization that works tirelessly to ‘let dreams set sail’ for the residents of Martha’s Vineyard.”

The auction’s standing as a premiere summer event stems from the cause it serves — MVCS’ various programs that benefit year-round and summer residents — and the one-of-a-kind “dreams” auctioned during the event. Throughout the years, the auction has attracted national attention because of the celebrities and other notables who attend the auction and donate “dreams” to benefit the cause.

MVCS noted in its press release that it is excited to welcome Sherry Trulhar as the new auctioneer. Ms. Trulhar is a professional fundraising auctioneer who helps nonprofit organizations plan more successful benefit auctions, and her work has been covered in the Beacon-News, Town & Country magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Wiley’s Special Events Galore, and Auctioneer.

Also new to the auction this year will be proxy bidding, which gives bidders the opportunity to bid on their favorite “Live Dreams” from afar if they are not able to be present the day of the auction.

A large number of local businesses will make generous donations to help create an unforgettable event, like the Pickpocket Bluegrass Band, Spearpoint Oysters, Bad Martha Farmers Brewery, Island Cocktail Co., Martha’s Vineyard Distilling Co., and Salty Snapshots Photobooth Co. to name just a few.

To date there are 22 confirmed Live Dreams. Some are brand-new, like an all-inclusive trip to St. Lucia paired with an authentic Caribbean-themed meal by the Island’s famous Chef Deon, and some are beloved dreams that will be making a comeback, like Ronni Simon’s Famous Poker Game and Dinner with Peter Simon & Alison Shaw at Sweet Life, along with a print of your choice from Alison’s gallery and a signed copy of Peter’s new book, plus other returning dreams. Dream details will be released via the MVCS website, social media accounts, and a series of Save the Date cards that will be circulated Island-wide.

The Possible Dreams Auction committee reports it is still looking for event-day volunteers. Visit to fill out a volunteer sign-up form.

Tickets to the Possible Dreams Auction are $25, and can be purchased online at, or the day of the event.