Shifting Trends Seen in Charitable Giving on Vineyard

As competition for donor dollars increases amid a crowded field of nonprofits on the Vineyard, new ideas have begun to emerge about fundraising. In the past decade, the total amount raised by Island nonprofits has gone up, but so has the number of groups seeking funds.

Dreamers Raise Funds for Community Services at Annual Summer Auction

Places you could only visit in your wildest dreams were made a reality Sunday night at the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction, which raised $430,000 for Martha's Vineyard Community Services.

Possible Dreams Auction Raises Paddle for Community

Each year more than 6,000 people are served by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the largest human service provider on the Island.

“I always think that number is so important,” said Sandy Pimentel, a member of the board of directors. “And they never turn people away.”

Possible Dreams Auction Ends, Giving Until it Hurts Continues

When Sandy Pimentel from the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services board of directors called me back in January to ask if I would consider hosting the 2013 Possible Dreams auction, taking up the gavel where legendary humorist Art Buchwald left off, I was completely blown away.

Possible Dreams Auction Tops $450,000 for Community Services

The Island community raised more than $450,000 for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services at the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction Sunday night, an amount expected to increase still by the end of the week. The total surpasses last year’s amount by at least $50,000.

Cambridge Comic Jimmy Tingle Brings Laugh Lines to Possible Dreams Auction

Before comedian Jimmy Tingle could start his newest gig, he had to make a visit to the roundabout.

Mr. Tingle takes up the gavel for the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams auction this weekend, and he visited the Vineyard last week to meet with event organizers and the staff of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The auction is the principal annual benefit for Community Services and takes place Sunday, July 28 at the Winnetu in Edgartown. The day and date are changed this year from the traditional first Monday in August.

Islanders Pitch in to Make Dreams Possible

Newly famous after a second place finish at the World Series of Poker last Halloween, Jesse Sylvia saw the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services as a way to put his talent to good use.

New Name, Location for Possible Dreams Auction

The Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction, the summer event that benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, will celebrate its 35th birthday this summer with a new name, a new site, on a new day and date, and with a new auctioneer. For many years, the late humorist and Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald emceed and anchored the annual event

News Update: Tuesday, August 7 - Possible Dreams Auction Raises More Than $190,000

The auctioneer leapt off the stage and sat on a bidder’s lap. The man responded to the pressure, and upped his bid. But Laure Sudreau-Rippe was determined. She raised her paddle and bid $17,000 to attend Vineyard Playhouse production of Love Letters with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

At the 33rd annual Possible Dreams auction, which took place on Monday evening in Ocean Park, caring community members gathered to make donations to one of the Island’s most essential organizations in exchange for unforgettable experiences.

Possible Dreams Auction Returns Art Buchwald to Aid Island Cause

If there's a paradox in the Possible Dreams Auction, it's that the folks who run Martha's Vineyard Community Services count on the money it raises as a definite reality.

They need the funds, and over the past 22 years, this auction peddling wild and far-fetched dreams has anchored the development efforts at Community Services and enabled the agency to make daycare affordable to working Islanders and to offer counseling and substance abuse treatment to people with no insu