MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Conference Center was turned into a fairy tale theme with many of the guests in the costumes of their favorite fairy tale character.

Overseeing the evening’s banquet and auctions was the Evil Queen, also known as Chamber President Cammy Jackson.

“We brainstormed wanting to come up with a theme that would be a lot of fun for all. We wanted this to be a very happy occasion,” Jackson said.

The theme turned out to be “just right” as the chamber exceeded its fundraising goal of $35,000 to support chamber programs throughout the year.

More than 250 guests crossed the Troll Bridge entering the banquet room. Snow White was accompanied by the Mad Hatter, Prince Charming escorted a fairy tale princess, Little Red Riding Hood was pursued by the big bad wolf and Santa Clause with a real beard were among the many guest who came in costume.

Santa (Chuck Lee) responded many times to the question as to the reality of the white beard and hair. “Of course it is. I’m a year-round real beard Santa, Lee said.

The event was the chambers annual auction and casino fundraiser. “This year we had 20 table sponsors. There were 20 donations to the live auction and more than 60 items donated for the live auction,” Jackson said.

A custom rocking chair donated by State Rep. Jim Pitts, a shpt gun donated by Citizens National Bank of Texas, a one week stay at the Green Iguana in Saint Thomas, a leather living room set and an autographed foot ball from the 2013 Midlothian-Waxahachie football game.

Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston opened the evening’s activities.

“The purpose tonight is to support the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. The chamber continues to help all of our local businesses. While you have fun here tonight, remember the fun you have tonight is at your expense,” Houston said.

After the guests finished dinner, catered by Three Sisters Catering, auctioneers Steve Massey and Danny Rodgers took to the stage to begin the auction.

“We’re here tonight to raise funds for the chamber. This is not a chance for bargain hunting but your opportunity to support your chamber of commerce that supports and helps the businesses of Midlothian grow and prosper,” Rodgers said.

The live auction raised more than $19,000 from the donated items.

Following the live auction, many of the guests made their way to the casino tables to conclude their evening at the center.

“’We’re very pleased with the turn out and the response we received tonight with the funds the auction raised,” Jackson said.