Roseville city employee Jim Gammicchia, left, and Michele Liss, of J Cola Hair Salon in Roseville, center, join Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Weishaupt to organize and wrap baskets for the upcoming Deck the Halls fundraiser.

Roseville city employee Jim Gammicchia, left, and Michele Liss, of J Cola Hair Salon in Roseville, center, join Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Weishaupt to organize and wrap baskets for the upcoming Deck the Halls fundraiser.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce ready to ‘Deck the Halls’

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 24, 2021

 Michele Liss, of J Cola Hair Salon in Roseville, left, and Roseville city employee Jim Gammicchia, right, wrap one of the baskets that will be auctioned off during the Deck the Halls fundraiser.

Michele Liss, of J Cola Hair Salon in Roseville, left, and Roseville city employee Jim Gammicchia, right, wrap one of the baskets that will be auctioned off during the Deck the Halls fundraiser.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — It’s an annual tradition that brings together community members, highlights local businesses and raises money for local charities.

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce will hold its 29th annual Deck the Halls Christmas Auction Nov. 4 at Eastpointe Manor.

During the evening, chamber supporters will have the opportunity to bid on gift baskets in live and silent auctions. Money raised from the event will benefit many local nonprofit groups in the community. That includes Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit, Roseville RoseFest and the McKinley Barrier-Free Park in Fraser, Roseville Community Schools, Eastpointe Community Schools, and more.

Since the event is so popular, it is already sold out. According to Chamber Executive Director Linda Weishaupt, because of COVID-19, only 170 tickets were available this year as opposed to the standard 220.

There will be 100 gift baskets up for auction. Those that are worth $100 or more will be raffled off during a live auction. Organizers predict about 30 baskets will be in the live auction, with attendees holding up paddles to bid with auctioneer Doug Dalton. The remaining gift baskets will be available for bid in the silent auction.

The evening will include a pasta station, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks and an open bar. In a partnership with Dominic’s Christmas Wish, all guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped pair of pajamas and/or a book to donate to local shelters. Local resident Dominic Miller was 6 years old when he created Dominic’s Christmas Wish, which collects books and pajamas for those in need.

On the afternoon of Oct. 14, volunteers Jim Gammicchia, who works for the city of Roseville, and Michele Liss, of J Cola Hair Salon in Roseville, were at the chamber’s office in Eastpointe wrapping the gift baskets for Deck the Halls. It’s an event Liss never misses.

“It’s a kickoff for the holidays,” Liss said. “I love it because everyone goes. It’s almost like a reunion.”

Those involved in planning Deck the Halls shop all year for the event.

“A lot of businesses donate to the auction,” Liss said. “We want everyone to leave with something.”

Last year, the event was canceled because of the pandemic.

Before Weishaupt began working for the chamber, she was the assessor/deputy city clerk for the city of Eastpointe until her retirement in 2012. Weishaupt would take her employees to the event as their Christmas present.

“We always had a great time,” she said. “Every year, the gift baskets are different.”

This year’s gifts include summer items, beer, coffee, wine, bakeware, a rotating Belgian waffle maker, Christmas decorations, an autumn package, patriotic items, children’s toys and more.

“The Eastpointe firefighters gave us a basket,” Weishaupt said. “The Roseville firefighters are doing one.”

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that represents Eastpointe, Roseville, Fraser and surrounding communities. According to its 2021 community profile and membership directory, the group is not affiliated with city, state or federal government, but it does work with government to expand through business growth and strong residential pride.

For more information on the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, visit erchamber.com.

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