Summer dreams

Islanders give back at the annual Possible Dreams auction.

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This year, the MVCS annual fundraiser Possible Dreams will be held at Tilton Farm in Chilmark. — Gabrielle Mannino

Dream big this year at the 2019 annual Possible Dreams auction on Sunday, July 28, from 5 to 7:30 pm, celebrating Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Over its 41-year run, the event has seen manifold changes. But this year — with a new location, new prizes, and other special features — will be the auction’s biggest year yet. 

In past years, the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama hosted the event. For the first time this year, the fundraiser will take place up-Island at the Historic Tilton Farm in West Tisbury. 

Every year, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services provides services to more than 6,000 Island year-rounders, seasonal residents, and visitors. Islanders rely on six core programs for domestic and sexual violence, disability, youth and family, seniors, mental health, veterans, as well as a thrift shop. 

The Possible Dreams fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to give back to an organization that is vital to the Vineyard. For all the good work that MVCS does for the Island, people were offering to donate their special services for the event left and right. “Everywhere I go, people say, ‘I have to give you something,’” said event chair and MVCS board member Liza May. “It’s so heartwarming.” 

“We want to emphasize that this year’s event will be fun and festive, and there will be something for everyone, especially leading up to July 28th,” said May.

This beloved event includes four chances for donors to win a sweet slice of the Vineyard. First, the live auction will proffer “12 Dreams of Summer” — 12 unique custom Vineyard experiences — for bidding. Among these fabulous “Dreams” are a “Farm-to-Table Culinary Extravaganza,” featuring tours and tastings of several farms; a romantic horseback riding retreat at Misty Meadows horse ranch; and a private chocolate-making (and -eating) session at Chilmark Chocolates. 

The second chance to donate is the Super Dreams online auction, in which bidders have a choice of 20 special gifts, like the Baker’s Dozen, 12 sweet treats by the Island’s best bakers; four seats at a Boston Bruins hockey game; or a fitness package fit for a yogi. The online auction will be open until 6 pm on Sunday.

Third are three “Golden Ticket” experiences — a private party at the Ritz with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, a fishing trip with the Island’s most venerated fishermen, or a sailing excursion on the Charlotte schooner. 

And the fourth opportunity to give and get is five raffle prizes that will take you around the Island and beyond.

For $100, guests at the picturesque farmstead on Middle Road will be treated to fresh seafood from Net Result and auction fare courtesy of Waterside Market and La Soffita. Tickets also include wine, beer, sangria, and flavored waters.

Groovy live music from a superstar Island lineup will also be part of the evening’s festivities. Phil daRosa, Mike Benjamin, Brad Tucker, JoAnn Cassidy, and others will lend their voices and instruments to popular tunes.

“We all share the love of the Island — the people, the culture, and the sea,” said May.

Tickets are still on sale until Sunday, July 28 and available at the event to purchase.