The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce will host its annual auction and dinner starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The chamber hopes that members and businesses, individuals and non-members to enjoy the evening of excitement and elegance. Reservations are $35 in advance or $50 at the door and include dinner.

This year’s auction, presented by Aquamatrix, is themed as “Once Upon A Time...” and attendees are encouraged to dress in fairy tale attire or as one of their favorite storybook characters.

The event include silent and live auctions, raffle, catered dinner, music and entertainment.

The silent auction will open at 5 p.m., so chamber president Cammy Jackson encourages bidders to get an early jump on their favorite items.

“I actually think the live auction is the most fun,” Jackson said. “Back by popular demand, we will have Steve Massey and Danny Rodgers serving as auctioneers.”

Another returning feature of the annual auction and dinner will be the candy bar and casino games. No money or prizes are at stake, but the adult's playground of casino games will include black jack, craps, roulette, Texas Hold 'Em and three card poker as well as a line of slot machines.

Jackson hinted at a big raffle donation for this year's auction that would be an item exciting enough to entice any attendee into buying raffle tickets for a shot at winning the prize.

My Sister's Affair will cater the dinner for the night and serve up firehouse roast beef, chicken piccata, oven roasted potatoes, lemon steamed broccoli, fresh mixed green and apple salad, with New York style cheesecake and bread pudding for dessert.

The chamber is currently accepting item and service donations for both auctions, though Jackson confirmed the popular hot air balloon ride will be up for bid this year.

Many sponsorship opportunities of varying levels are still open and the chamber encourages local businesses and owners to invest in this year's auction to promote the chamber.

The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that relies on the membership dues, fundraising and donations to keep the chamber’s doors open for the benefit of the community and area businesses.

“The one thing to remember is that the annual auction is our largest fundraiser each year, and the funds raised help keep the chamber operating and allow us to host events to benefit chamber members all year long,” Jackson said.

To sign up as a sponsor, donate an item or for more information, contact the chamber at 972-723-8600 or info@midlothianchamber.org.