Emmanuel House Silent Auction

Friday, November 22, 2013.  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Ln
(corner  of Ogden & Rickert), Naperville, IL.


Emmanuel House logoThe Silent Auction is the biggest fund raiser for Emmanuel House, an organization that serves the working poor by helping to break cycles of poverty through home ownership, higher education, community service, and equitable development.  Read more and watch a new video about us and come by to say Hello—even if you don’t bid on  a thing.

It’s just something to see.

Hundreds of people.  Hundreds of items: toys, gift cards, vacations, electronics, sports equipment and memorabilia, tickets for tours-concerts-sporting events, bath and beauty baskets, home décor and furniture (indoor and out), baby items….  Here’s a short video of last year’s auction.

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In our family it’s like a national holiday.  “First there’s Halloween, then the Auction, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas,” we used to say to the grandkids.

And on this site for the next few days we’ll be re-featuring posts having to do with Emmanuel House and its mission.  Look for videos of an NBC news report, of Senator Dick Durbin’s visit to one of our sites, and of music.  Emmanuel House started as Bryan House, both organizations started by Rick & Desiree Guzman in memory of Rick’s youngest brother.

Bryan Guzman loved music.  At the time of his death he was a rising star on bass and played in bands with his brother Dan.  Both also accompanied me when I did shows on Chicago writing and the poetry of war.

We’ll also re-post articles like a review of It’s A Wonderful Life and A Raisin in the Sun, two iconic American works, both deeply involved—we sometimes forget how much—with issues of home ownership, the centerpiece of Emmanuel House’s strategy.

All of this to remind you what the SILENT AUCTION is all about—besides the fun.  Hope to see you there.


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