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Murder mystery dinner and fundraiser successful

By Ethan Nahté

Photos by Ariel Varner (see more photos on our FB album.)

The Mena Area Board of Realtors presented their Murder Mystery: Murder at Mardi Gras Ball Dinner & Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 24 at Shady Mountain Events. Union Bank and First Financial Bank donated funds to rent the venue. 

<strong>l r<strong> Nancy Wright Rachel Lance Alyssa Green The Call Le Ann Holmes Sandra Thomas Amanda Warrington president of Mena Board of Realtors Emilee Johnson The Call and Tabitha Booher

The script for the interactive performance was written by Rachel Lance, who created the theme and the characters, such as the coroner, played appropriately by Brian Bowser, and the Mardi Gras King, who ended up the victim of the dastardly deeds, played by Floyd Knight. 

The audience of the sold-out event participated alongside the cast to help solve the murder. 385 Events not only supplied the evening’s music, but also the sound effects to accompany the mystery.

Besides a feast, there was a silent auction with items donated by local individuals and businesses. 

In addition to the mystery, there were tables filled with donated food, cooked by Shady Mountain Events owner Sharee Boyd: Chicken from Tyson Foods, side dishes from The Corner Store, rolls from Chicollo’s Food Emporium, salad from Walmart and salad dressings from Coffee Vault, tea and punch from James’ Supersave, desserts donated by The Call, CASA, Mena Lioness Lions Club, Mena Title Company, and the Mena Board of Realtors.

The event proceeds totaling more than $4,000 will support both CASA of the Ouachitas and The Call.

(Eds. After going to press, we were informed that $5216 was raised. After $2041.22 in expenses, both CASA and The Call were presented with checks for $1587.78 for a net total of $3174.78.)

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