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Island Dreams

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 3, 2011

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The down economy didn’t put a damper on the Possible Dreams auction, the annual fund-raiser for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Among those attending the celeb-heavy island affair were Aussie-born writer Geraldine Brooks and her husband, author Tony Horwitz, software publisher Peter Norton, Art Buchwald’s daughter-in-law Tamara, and former ABC anchor Carole Simpson, who bid to have Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. trace her family tree. Another auction “dream’’ generating serious dough was tickets to James Taylor at Tanglewood followed by dinner backstage with the singer and his family. In all, the event raised more than $250,000.