The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce will host its 28th annual Deck the Halls Charity Auction at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Eastpointe Manor. Auctioneer Doug Dalton, pictured, will be presenting the many items up for auction.

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce will host its 28th annual Deck the Halls Charity Auction at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Eastpointe Manor. Auctioneer Doug Dalton, pictured, will be presenting the many items up for auction.

Photo by Fred Ferris Photography, provided by Linda Weishaupt


Chamber to host 28th annual Deck the Halls charity auction

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 22, 2019

 Chamber members Deana Williams and Ed Williams hand out paddles at the 2018 Deck the Halls auction.

Chamber members Deana Williams and Ed Williams hand out paddles at the 2018 Deck the Halls auction.

Photo by Fred Ferris Photography, provided by Linda Weishaupt

 Former Eastpointe Mayor Harvey Curley and Patty Johnson-Kern, of Sam’s Club, lend a hand at the 2018 Deck the Halls Charity Auction by selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

Former Eastpointe Mayor Harvey Curley and Patty Johnson-Kern, of Sam’s Club, lend a hand at the 2018 Deck the Halls Charity Auction by selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

Photo by Fred Ferris Photography, provided by Linda Weishaupt

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Each year, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce hosts its Deck the Halls Charity Auction. It provides support for several local nonprofit and service organizations that serve residents of the two communities. 

Linda Weishaupt, the executive director of the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, said Deck the Halls has become a local tradition and a cornerstone event in the community.

“Deck the Halls started in 1992. This is one of the chamber’s largest events,” she said in an email. “The Christmas Auction features hot hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks and an open bar. We also have a pasta station that is very popular where you create your own dish. Eastpointe Manor has been the host site since the beginning. They graciously work with us to keep the event affordable for all, and they provide us unlimited access the day prior to setup.”

The 28th annual Deck the Halls will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Eastpointe Manor, located at 24611 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe. Tickets cost $35 per person or $325 for a table of 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (586) 776-5820 or emailing events@erchamber.com.

Flo Abke is a chamber member and the event’s former chairperson. She said that from the beginning, the goal was to help others and better the community.

“It started out small at a car dealership on Gratiot,” Abke said. “It was very popular, so it grew over time and more people came and more people donated or volunteered their services, such as providing Christmas trees and decorating them.”

Numerous groups benefit from Deck the Halls, including the East Detroit Tigercats; Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot; the Eastpointe Lions Club; Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza program; the Eastpointe Community Schools back to school program; the Eastpointe and Roseville art departments; the Eastpointe, Roseville and Fraser Goodfellows; the Eastpointe and Roseville schools scholarship program; Fort Fraser redevelopment; Gilda’s Club; Live Rite Structured Recovery; Lutheran Fraternities Charity; the Roseville Downtown Development Authority; Roseville National Night Out; the Roseville Optimist Club; the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe; the Roseville RoseFest; the Roseville Community Schools band program, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity; the Macomb County Warming Center; the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society Museum; Woman’s Life Chapter 911; and Gianna House.

Weishaupt said numerous items will be up for auction at the event, and everyone can find something they like.

“This is a wonderful night out that supports our communities and provides an early Christmas shopping venue,” she stated. “The auction has over 100 baskets or items that are auctioned off either by silent auction or by live auction. Our live auction features auctioneer Doug Dalton in his tuxedo and top hat with the audience receiving Christmas Tree paddles to wave their acceptance of the newest bid amount. Every year, the baskets are different and trending. We vary from golf at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to children’s baskets to your favorite beverage. This year, we feature our traditional ‘Trunk of Cheer’ raffle as well as a raffle for an outdoor fire pit with four Adirondack chairs.”

Many in the community, such as Abke, are happy to contribute to the event because they see how much good it does for others.

“I always donated every year and attend whenever I can. I think the participation makes it stand out. It’s a really nice chamber event that people enjoy,” Abke said. “It brings people together. They organize it so well, and it gets so many great donations. I know that the chamber works so hard to get some great items to auction off. They have items like baskets of gift certificates, or a theme basket like one last year that was themed for people who like tailgating.”

Abke encouraged anyone who could to attend and either lend a hand or just enjoy a night out with their neighbors.

“It’s beautifully set up. They make everything very appealing and make it easy to go through the auction items. Everything is beautifully displayed,” said Abke. “This is a large event with many moving pieces, and they do a wonderful job. … You would have such a fun time. You have so many great things to choose from if you like going to auctions.”

Weishaupt said it’s an all-around win for the Eastpointe and Roseville area because it helps local businesses, it helps local institutions and it helps those in need.

“The Deck the Halls Christmas Auction is a tradition that the chamber is happy to carry on each year,” she stated. “It does provide our business members the opportunity to participate, thereby giving back to the community while promoting their business.”  

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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