The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce annual auction event is on track to meet the organization's fundraising goal.

The chamber had set a goal of raising $36,000, said Cammy Jackson, president of the chamber. While final totals and invoices are still coming in, she said she is confident they will meet their goal.

“The auction itself that night raised more than it has in the past,” she said.

The live auction opened with a hot bidding war over who would get to be first in the buffet line and get a chance to pick which table went last. The first spot in line sold for $1,100. But the auctioneer gave the table selected to go last a chance to match that bid and go second, and that offer was accepted.

“I figured that would bring in about $500,” Jackson said. “But $2,200, that was amazing.”

After dinner and before the rest of the live auction kicked off, the chamber took a moment to honored its history. This is the chamber's 80th year in operation. Several of the past presidents, now board chairs, still live and work in Midlothian and helped create a short video by Rustic River Media highlighting some of the special moments the chamber has been a part of over the years.

One thing several chairs spoke of is how Midlothian and the chamber embrace those who move to the city, but embrace the essence of Midlothian and work to improve the city. The chamber hopes to continue serving the community and encourage members to leave a legacy of people helping people.

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