MIDLOTHIAN — In a “Texas-sized” fundraiser to support vital resources and create programs that assist its members, the Midlothian Chamber of commerce is hosting the 81st annual “Deep in the Heart of Texas” dinner and auction on Sept. 23.

“We’re so excited about this year’s dinner and auction that I think no one will want to miss out on it,” encouraged Cammy Jackson, President of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and a lot of people are supporting ‘Deep in the Heart’ this year, which is great because we couldn’t do it without them,” she added.

Planning began one month after last year’s event.

“A lot of work goes into it and a lot of volunteer hours,” Jackson recognized. “We have super volunteers who truly care and want everyone to have a good time.”

Presented by Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Jackson goes on to acknowledge the event’s sponsorships include Paragon, Martin Marietta, Gerdau, Linebarger, Carrington Coleman, Compass Custom Homes, Texas Trust Credit Union, Holcim, Access Self Storage, Oncor, and the UPS Store.

The county-fair-themed festival will feature everything from carnival games to photo booths, casino raffles, excellent barbeque buffet dinner, blue ribbon desserts, and live and silent auctions.

“Both Doolee’s Baking Company and Jane Dough Bake House will provide the desserts, and the dinner is upscale barbeque, catered by Red Neck Barbeque,” Jackson articulated.

“Since we’re having an upscale barbeque this year, we'll have corn-in-a-cup in a martini glasses, and a potato bar with all of the condiments. Not to mention beer and wine will be complimentary, and a cash bar will also be available,” she added. “And for the auction - we have some pretty cool items so far.”

From a police escort to school to a fire station dinner and a donated resort getaway to Saint Thomas Island, Jackson also includes that massage packages, wine baskets, Dallas Stars tickets, and shopping spree packages could cause a bidding extravaganza during the live auction.

“People are going to want these items,” Jackson nodded. “Plus, our raffle items are super cool too. We’ll have four chances to win, and the raffles tickets which we’re selling now are 5 for $20. And we’re giving away a ‘Big Green Egg,’ which is a really nice grill, and a package of accessories to go with that.”

As for a new twist to the presentations this year, Jackson confirms that the Chamber and Rustic River Media have a special video prepared with “knee-slapping laughs.”

“This year’s video is going to be so fun,” Jackson chuckled. “We’ve already filmed it out at Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm, and it’s most of our sponsors, and I can’t even describe how great it is. So you have to come to the auction to view it because it’s probably the funniest video we’ve done so far.”

Adding to the entertainment, Brad Golden of Beef O’Brady’s will be emceeing the evening, while auctioneer, Lloyd Cooper of Benefit Bidding, handles the duties associated with the live and online auction sales.

“All of our bidding will be online,” Jackson simplified. “So if for whatever reason you can’t come to the auction, then you can still bid on the auction regardless of attendance.”

Raising over $37,000 to support the Chamber in 2016, Jackson hopes to increase that to $40,000 this year.

“You can buy table sponsorships at $640, and individual tickets online at our website at $65 a person until September 8. After September 8, the prices will be raised to $80 per person,” Jackson explained.

Inviting the community to dress up in their finest jeans and boots for a classy county fair experience, Jackson encourages residents to attend for a memorable evening.

“I want everybody to have a good time and to see smiles on everyone, that, to me, is the best part and I love it,” Jackson finished.

The Chamber’s “Deep in the Heart” annual auction and dinner is scheduled for September 23 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Midlothian Conference Center on First Community Drive. To register or for more information, visit midlothianchamber.org or call (972)-723-8600.


Chelsea Groomer @ChelseaGroomer