Possible Dreams auction goes virtual

Seth Meyers will host this year’s Possible Dreams auction. — Lexi Pline

Updated 1:24 pm

M.V. Community Services (MVCS) is hosting its 42nd annual Possible Dreams auction on Sunday, July 26, at 5 pm. The event will be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, and livestreamed virtually. 

Registration for Possible Dreams will be free for the first time, due to its virtual format. The livestream will be broadcast through a Zoom webinar, and the auction and bidding will take place on Greater Giving. 

“We are very hopeful to see that the virtual format has really broadened our reach already,” MVCS communications manager Mary Korba said. “We have really put our faith in the idea that virtually anything is possible.”

The event will feature 18 silent auction items and 10 live auction items. Silent auction items are currently up for bid, and live items will be available for bid during the livestream event on July 26. Items range from a Vineyard Vines custom tote package to a 2021 Fourth of July fireworks seat on the Packer tugboat. Seth Meyers is also hosting a game night over Zoom for the highest bidder, and “Arthur” author Marc Brown is offering a signed book collection and virtual classroom visit.

The featured bidding item of the night is the MV1 Martha’s Vineyard license plate. MVCS donates 20 percent of annual net proceeds from these license plates to other Island nonprofits through the Driving the Future Charitable Fund, which is used to support education and health and human services for Island youth and seniors.

“People have been asking about the plate for awhile, and we are really excited about including it in Possible Dreams,” Korba said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain this plate while making a contribution to the Island community.”

Bidding for the license plate will conclude on Sunday night, while all other items will be open to bid on until July 27 at 9 pm.

Funds raised during this event will go to MVCS’ general operating budget, which heavily relies on fundraising to keep programming running throughout the year. Korba anticipates a successful evening due to the support of the donors, sponsors, and volunteers and the leadership of the Possible Dreams Committee.

“This really shows the evolution of Possible Dreams,” Korba said. “We are transforming into a new setting, and adapting to the change and embracing it.”

Over 300 people from 18 different states have already registered. To register, visit mvcommunityservices.org.

Updated to show that the auction will close on July 28 at 9 pm.