In the cloak-and-dagger world of international intrigue it pays to know who your friends are.

With that in mind the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce gathers with friends Saturday night for the chamber annual auction under the theme “License to Thrill, 2007.”

“The chamber auction is always a lot of fun for members and we always have a big time,” said Amanda Miller, Executive Director of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. “We are asking people to dress as their favorite James Bond character and join in the fun.”

The doors open at the Midlothian Conference Center at 5 p.m. and the silent auction will get underway.

Dinner will be served by Villa Italiana in a cosmopolitan European fashion and “sharply at six o’clock.”

The auction starts at 7:30 and the casino wheeling-and-dealing at 8:30 p.m. The dance floor also opens at 8:30 and music will continue until late.

“We’ve got everything from trips and tickets to all kinds of events to electronics and other neat stuff,” said Miller. “We are also selling $20 tickets to possibly win at $2,400 diamond ring from Cave’s Jewelry. Holcim Cement has also donated a 46-inch plasma TV and tickets to that drawing are also $20.”

Tickets to License to Thrill, 2007 are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door.

Miller urged people to get their tickets reserved by Wednesday so the chamber can get a rough count for dinner.

Miller thanked the chamber volunteers for putting the dinner, auction and casino together.

“Kathy Armstrong has served as chairman of the auction committee this year and done so much,” said Miller. “Chamber volunteers have been working for weeks on this and everything from decorations to the items up for auction have been put together by volunteers.

The auction committee has fanned out over the community for the past three weeks rounding up items from area businesses that will be offered to the highest bidder.

“This event is more than a fundraiser,” Miller said. “It provides a fun event for people to come out and enjoy the evening and community fellowship. We also offer a lot of bargins at both the silent auction and main auction.”

The chamber auction has grown into a large social event for the community and has matured from humble beginnings a little more than decade ago.

“We encourage all residents of the area to come out for a great evening,” Miller said. “Non-chamber members are welcome to attend. It’s a great time to get to know what’s going on in the community.”

The annual event and fundraiser routinely sees 400 people from across the Metroplex pack the Midlothian Conference Center for an evening of fun, food, entertainment and an auction.

For more information, or to make reservations, contact the Chamber at (972) 723-8600.