Kankakee County Humane Foundation seeks help to solve a murder mystery

October 3, 2018

The Kankakee County Humane Foundation is formally requesting your presence at dinner Saturday evening to help solve a case of “whodunit!”

The no-kill animal shelter based in St. Anne has partnered with the Bennett-Curtis House in Grant Park to hold a dinner fundraiser. The “murder mystery” marks the 26th season of the house’s “Murder in the BC Mansion,” its own adaptation of the “Clue” game.

“Not many people around here know we have a place like Bennett-Curtis in the area,” said shelter director Jordan Chapman, “so we’re pretty excited to partner with them.”

The shelter has been attempting to find new, creative ways to raise funds, Chapman said. The nonprofit organization relies heavily on volunteer efforts and donations to keep its doors open.

The shelter hasn’t done any sort of event similar to this before, but Chapman is confident it’ll be a success.

“Events like these are popular in the Chicago area and go over pretty well there,” Chapman said.

The mystery begins in the Bennett-Curtis House at 6 p.m. Saturday when the guests arrive and get seated for dinner. Actors will be placed among the guests to mingle within the crowd. Suddenly, a murder occurs, and guests are faced with the task of figuring out “whodunit.”

A five-course dinner, including appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert, will be served throughout the game’s run time. Three entrée options are available for those with special diet requirements, so people with allergies or those who eat a plant-based diet still are welcome to attend the dinner.

Coffee and tea will be served with the dinner. Specialty alcoholic drinks, including “The Detective,” “My Alibi,” “Who Dun-it?” and more, also will be available to purchase throughout the night. About 10 percent of drink proceeds will directly benefit the shelter.

The mystery probably will be most enjoyed by creative thinkers of at least the young adult age range, though anyone able to sit through the mystery and behave accordingly is welcome to attend.

“From what I’ve heard, everyone who’s attended a dinner at the Bennett-Curtis house has enjoyed it. It’s a fun event,” Chapman said.

Tickets can be purchased for $65 online by finding the event on Facebook or on the shelter’s website. Alternatively, tickets also be purchased at t he Bennett-Curtis House, 302 W. Taylor St., Grant Park, or by calling the house at 815-465-2288. The shelter receives $20 from every ticket sold.

For those who can’t attend the dinner but still would like to donate to the Kankakee County Humane Foundation, it accepts credit card donations online through the donate buttons on its Facebook page and website. The shelter also accepts donations made by mail to 2214 S. State Route 1, St. Anne, IL, 60964, or in person during their open hours of noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call the shelter at 815-933-5999.

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