Humor columnist Art Buchwald egged on the bidders as celebrity residents of Martha's Vineyard auctioned themselves off.
It was the 16th annual Possible Dreams auction to benefit Martha's Vineyard Community Services Inc., a nonprofit social service agency.A half-day of sailing with Walter Cronkite went for $7,500; lunch with New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen, $7,500; a round of golf with Washington lawyer Vernon Jordan, $6,000; and two tickets and a backstage pass for a James Taylor concert, $4,500.
"All I ask of you today is that you make fools of yourselves for this good cause," Buchwald told the crowd.
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