The annual Chamber of Commerce Auction was held over the weekend with record crowds and generous bids to help make the evening a success.

The theme for the evening was “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and the decoration motif was set with that in mind having such areas sectioned off as the “tarmac” and “baggage check in.” Travel-themed music filled the room as guests mingled and looked at items up for grabs in the silent and live auctions.

Antique cars were on display outside the Knights of Columbus Hall where the event was held, as well as replicas inside the venue. Tables were decorated with reminders of the theme as toy cars, planes and train paraphenalia for those in attendance. The Air Evac Team from Ennis Regional Medical Center also added to the theme by making a brief appearance at the event and landing the helicopter for guests to look at.

The chicken steak dinner was served by members of the KC Hall and was almost as big of a hit with the crowd as the tempting and calorie-laden desserts were.

The main attraction of the night began at 7:30 p.m and lasted for nearly four hours as auctioneer Craig Meier made sure every item went for the best possible price. The comedic deal-maker instigated some good natured bidding wars between community businesses that helped the chamber bring in high bids and large contributions.

The annual truck raffle caused excitement throughout the crowd as everyone waited for their name to be drawn but in the end, Toby Mash, Ennis city attorney was the lucky winner. Second place winners in the truck raffle of a flat screen TV with wall mount were Paula and Ray Call. Julie Rickman was the winner of the barbeque grill.

Ennis State Bank was the platinum sponsor of this year’s event and the bank also donated a catered shrimp and fish fry for the auction, which sold for $4,300; a crowd favorite and the third highest priced item of the night.

Other top sellers were: an eight day trip to London and Paris which raised $7,000, an eight day trip to Budapest and Vienna which raised $6,000 and a catered dinner for 10 at State Representative Jim Pitt's Cedar Creek Home, which went for $4,000.

The Gold Plus sponsor for this year’s auction was Ennis Regional Medical Center. Gold sponsors were Prosperity Bank, Citizens National Bank of Texas, Quality Inn, Ennis Ford and Allen Samuels Autoplex. Ben E. Keith Beers was the sponsor of the silent auction. Silver sponsors included Ellis County Home Medical Equipment, Globe Products, Dr. Ruby Anthony-White; Premier Ag & Lawn and Raymond Caldwell - Century 21 Judge Fite. Cody Company and Guaranty Bank were Bronze sponsors.

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