Dearborn Chamber partners with local charities this holiday season

In an effort to celebrate the giving season, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce will participate in two charitable activities over the 2010 holidays.

Operation Teddy Bear – In partnership with YWCA of Western Wayne County, the Chamber will collect teddy bears, hats and gloves for this organization at three different events.

“In addition to collecting these items at our holiday party, December 16, we will also take donations at our main office (until December 17) and at early morning Eye Opener events, November 11 at Fairlane Town Center and December 8 at Oakwood Common Retirement Center,” said President Jennifer Giering.

The Chamber asks donors to bring new Teddy Bears or other stuffed animals, as well as hats and gloves, to 22100 Michigan Ave. (in the lower level of Bryant Library) or to either of these events, both starting at 8 am.  A Collection drive will also occur, as in past years, at the Dearborn Country Club at the Chamber Holiday Party, 6 pm, Thursday, December 16.


Festival of Trees makes its new home at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, starting with a VIP Preview Party, November 20 through Sunday, November 28.  The Chamber will present Brunch with Santa, Saturday, November 27 at two sittings; 9 am and noon.  Part of the proceeds will be given to Festival of Trees, a yearly benefit for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

“We thought it made sense to partner with the Chamber for this Dearborn event,” said Theresa Deifenbach, Event Coordinator for the Festival.

Admission is $10 per child, under 12 and $15 per adult and includes buffet brunch, crafts and goody bags, musical entertainment and a visit with the jolly old elf himself.  The event is sponsored by ACO Hardware and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Visit for tickets information.

The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce works to promote the best interests of over 600 member businesses by helping them connect with prospective customers, promote products and services, succeed in business through increasing sales and saving money, and to become a leader in the Dearborn community.