Chamber to hold Christmas auction Nov. 11

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 1, 2015

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 24th annual Christmas “Deck the Halls” auction Nov. 11 at Eastpointe Manor.

According to Chamber Membership Director Linda Weishaupt, the event should see about 70-75 silent auction items — primarily a variety of gift baskets.

“(The baskets are) anywhere from fishing to gardening to sports to Christmas baskets,” she said. “To coffee, cocoa, tea, summer — we have beach baskets — we have a little of everything.”

In addition to the silent auction items, there will be a few raffles and a live auction, Weishaupt said. The raffles include a 48-inch LED television and a utility wagon, and some of the live auction prizes include a trip to Frankenmuth, Detroit Lions tickets, and a year’s worth of pizza from Eastpointe’s Cloverleaf restaurant.

All the money raised will go to a variety of local organizations in both communities, like the Eastpointe Lions Club, scholarship funds at both the Roseville and East Detroit school districts, the Eastpointe Historical Society, the Goodfellows groups in both cities, the Gratiot cruise organizations in both cities, the Roseville-Eastpointe Relay for Life, Handbags for Hope and others, she said.

“We do a lot with this, and it all goes back into the local community,” Weishaupt said.

First State Bank Nine Mile Branch Manager Teresa West said she has been working on the annual auction for years and that it takes much of the year to put it together.

“During the year, we’re always reaching out and collecting donations,” West said. “Then we have to wrap the baskets and put them together. We just had a basket-wrapping party the other night, so a number of us got together and wrapped all the baskets.”

From there, the organizers set up the program and begin advertising the event, she said. West said she enjoys working on the auction, as it brings people together for a community event that, in turn, helps out the community.

Typically, the auction has about 200 attendees, Weishaupt said, though as of Oct. 27, the chamber had sold only 100 tickets. Weishaupt said tickets cost $30 per person or $275 for a full table of 10 people. Tickets are being sold up to Nov. 9 at the Chamber of Commerce office at 23320 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe.