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Murder-mystery show helps Ugandan orphans


Last updated 5/30/2012 at Noon

The Murder Mystery Co. will be performing an interactive murder mystery show at Kamiak High School on June 8 in the guise of 1920s gangsters. The show is a fundraiser for a Ugandan orphanage.

Murder is on the menu at Kamiak High School. No, no – not actual murder, but a murder mystery show.

City Church is hosting a “killer” evening of fundraising with the Murder Mystery Co. at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Kamiak High School, 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd. in Mukilteo.

The fundraiser features a murder-mystery show, appetizers, dessert and a silent auction.

Funds raised through the Mystery Event for Uganda go to the church’s mission to bring medical and school supplies to the Destiny Orphanage in Uganda.

“I wanted to provide the community an opportunity to help without having to go [to Uganda],” said Catie Thompson, the event organizer. “I didn’t want something heavy.”

“A lot of people are doing auctions and I think that’s great,” Thompson said. “But people want to be engaged in something.”

In this interactive dinner-theater type event, Murder Mystery Co. actors will perform a three-act play, complete with a murder and investigation. Each table of diners will then put to the task of figuring out “who dunnit?”

“It’s like ‘CLUE’ but live,” said Thompson, a member of City Church and its outreach team. “I wanted it to be a fun night. None of the ‘I have to do this’ or ‘I have to do that’ atmosphere.”

Diners will be transported back in time to the world of 1920s Gangsterland, where mobsters, murder and comic mayhem ensue following the mysterious death of one of the “family.”

Guests are invited to “channel their inner thug” and interact with the actors in character. Dressing the part is also encouraged, though not required. The diner dressed to the nines will win the Best Dressed Award at the end of the evening.

“When you have that many gangsters in one room, something is bound to happen,” Murder Mystery representative Kate Jaeger said.

There is no assigned seating, allowing for groups to mix and mingle with each other. They can strategize with their table or make the rounds in the room. They’ll be provided with binders of information to share with others and fake money for bribes.

“Our job really is to get everybody together and get folks in the room to have fun,” Jaeger said. “You get all walks of life into same room and have a great time.”

While the mystery is in full swing, diners may also take part in a silent auction. Several auction items are up for bid, including a free family membership to the YMCA.

“100 percent of the proceeds [of the silent auction] go to Ramos Ministry for medicine,” Thompson said.

Ramos Ministry, a City Church, will send medicine to the Destiny Orphanage, which also serves as a school and hospital.

Thompson is still looking for donated services or products to the auction and for food vendors or restaurants to help sponsor the event. Contact Catie Thompson at [email protected] for more information.

“People that have the ability to provide something for people that don’t is a good thing,” Thompson said. “It takes an army to deliver a cause.”

This event is limited to 80 diners. RSVP at

Personal donations can be sent to: The City Church, PO Box 863, Mukilteo, WA 98275.

Maiah Hollander is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.


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