MIDLOTHIAN

Four lucky Midlothian residents could be in Argentina in a few months for a dove hunt — that is, so long as they win at Saturday’s Midlothian Chamber of Commerce dinner and auction.

The Chamber will host its annual dinner and auction this Saturday at the Blaine Stone Lodge. Over a 100 items are up for auction, including an autographed Michael Irvin helmet and photo, a 12-gauge shotgun, wine and goodie baskets, and tickets to the Dallas Stars, the Cowboys and a Taylor Swift concert.

“One of the best things about our annual auction is seeing all the support we get through donations and sponsorships, as well as the people who attend year after year,” Chamber President Cammy Jackson said in an email. “People are excited to attend this event and see friends from the community.”

With the previous year’s auction held at Midlothian Conference Center, Jackson said the chamber relocated their event to Blaine Stone Lodge to both support one of their members and give a new feel to the event.

“Blaine Stone Lodge has a rustic, rural feel to it,” Jackson said. “We wanted to incorporate those elements into our event decor.”

With the Chamber’s Fall Festival, 5K Cupcake Run and Wine and Arts Festival quickly approaching, Jackson said the money raised from the auction helps sustain chamber operations throughout the year. Jackson said at the conclusion of their auction, the chamber will immediately convene to start planning for next year’s auction.

“We'll have a wrap-up meeting within a week of this event, and we'll talk about what challenges we may have had, what went right, what could be improved on for next year,” she said. “Each year we try to make the event better than the year before.”

Jackson said she’s excited for the auction this weekend and what it will bring for the community going forward.

“As our events thrive, so does our membership, because the events are designed around their needs - whether it is a business-to-business event or a business-to-consumer event," she said. "We want everything we do to have a positive impact on our community and on the members we serve. And we hope to have a little bit of fun while we're doing that.”

To place a bid online, go to the chamber’s website at midlothianchamber.org.