Saturday, October 13, 2012


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, Nov. 16th from 7 - 9:15pm in Naperville at Community Christian Church (click here for directions).
Come do your Christmas shopping and support a great cause at the same time! Plus, SAVE MONEY on hundreds of auction items in dozens of categories - since the typical auction item will sell for around 50% off of its normal price. We already have some fantastic auction items (see below), but we still need your help in one of three ways:
1.      VOLUNTEER - we need volunteers the night of the event - please email SANDY if you're available to volunteer in before the event or during set-up or the event itself;
2.      DONATE - do you or anyone you know own or manage a business that can donate an item;  tickets or gift certificates? Contact RICK if you do!
3.      INVITE & ATTEND - make it a family or small group event--or make an announcement at church or work. Getting a big turnout for the event is what we need the most help with! REMEMBER: the auction is fun; you save money on Christmas shopping AND it supports a great cause! (Public Welcome - No tickets required!)
A preview of some of the auction items will be coming soon - so please check back!
Auction items this year will include:
· Tickets (sports & theater)
· Kids' Toys for all ages (including Baby toys and supplies)
· Trips, Outings & Vacations (including Sedona, AZ & a Lake Michigan Cabin)
· Outdoor & Recreational Equipment (camping equipment & sporting goods)
· Gift & Beauty baskets (Aveeno, Dove, Oil of Olay/Regenerist, Old Spice & Much More!)
· Gift Cards (dozens including restaurants, spa, home improvement & more)
· Household items, Furniture & decor (Kuerig single cup brewer, luggage, stainless steel grill - too much to list!)
· Sports Memorabilia (autographed Cubs, Bears, Sox including Brian Urlacher, Fergie Jenkins (HOF), Carlos Marmol - updated list coming soon!)
· Practical, everyday items including "a year's supply" of items such as soap/bodywash, shampoo/conditioner, laundry detergent, baby wipes, dishwasher tabs (dozens of groupings)
100% OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT EMMANUEL HOUSE'S MISSION of "Breaking the Cycle of Working Class Poverty through Homeownership."

Four more families buying homes!

Douglas and Linda (Kenya) are the most recent family to buy a house in Aurora through Emmanuel House - and are one of four Emmanuel House families who have purchased - or are in the process of purchasing - their first home this year. Another family is from Burundi, and two others are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. New families from Iraq, Burma (Myanmar) and Rwanda will be taking their place.

Additionally, Emmanuel House has brought on six additional apartments (three duplexes) on Aurora's Near East Side just this year alone. While we will continue to offer our program to refugee families at our original "Bryan House" location, these three new buildings represent an expansion of our mission to help other lower income families in Aurora begin to strengthen their families and their communities through home-ownership. Three families have already begun the program in East Aurora and three more apartments are under rehab. These are exciting times for our organization!

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