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New Year’s Eve turns deadly in Agape House fundraiser

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on December 25, 2017 6:10PM

Trish Rosell of Hermiston participates in a past Agape House murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser. A New Year’s Eve theme is planned during Sunday’s event at Maxwell Siding Event Center in Hermiston.

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Trish Rosell of Hermiston participates in a past Agape House murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser. A New Year’s Eve theme is planned during Sunday’s event at Maxwell Siding Event Center in Hermiston.

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Tina Ridings looks on while Boyd Sharp tries to shift blame to another character during a past murder mystery fundraiser for Agape House.  A New Year’s Eve theme is featured during Sunday’s event at Maxwell Siding Event Center in Hermiston.

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Tina Ridings looks on while Boyd Sharp tries to shift blame to another character during a past murder mystery fundraiser for Agape House. A New Year’s Eve theme is featured during Sunday’s event at Maxwell Siding Event Center in Hermiston.

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As the last few minutes of 2017 tick away, someone isn’t going to live long enough to join revelers in raising a glass to toast in the new year.

A New Year’s Eve theme is featured during the upcoming murder mystery dinner theater event presented by Agape House. In addition to the meal and whodunnit — “As the Ball Drops on Times Square” — those in attendance will enjoy a chance to ring in the new year in New York City fashion.

“We’ll have a projection screen and watch the ball drop in New York City,” said Dave Hughes, Agape House executive director.

“As the Ball Drops on Times Square” is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Maxwell Siding Event Center, 145 N. First Place, Hermiston. Guests can enjoy a catered meal by Nookie’s Restaurant, which features prime rib or lemon chicken, veggies, rolls, dessert and drinks, including coffee, tea and lemonade. Also, the New Year’s Eve celebration is complete with party favors and sparkling cider to toast in the coming year. The cost is $45 per person. With limited seating, people are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Although not required, those attending are encouraged to wear formal attire.

The idea for presenting an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve-themed murder mystery, Hughes said, was suggested by Monica Todd of Nookie’s and Maxwell Siding. Agape House has worked with the local restaurant and event center during its past couple of murder mystery fundraisers. Hughes said it’s been a great partnership that makes putting on the benefit events a lot easier.

The murder mystery centers around socialites ringing in the new year at a New York City hot spot. Among the party guests are actors, top chefs, singers, powerful CEOs, and other movers and shakers. And for one reason or another, Reece Vaughn has turned people the wrong way — and he ends up dead.

“Everyone has a motive to do him in,” Hughes said. “He’s pretty much unliked by a lot of people.”

A “B” movie actor, Vaughn is a shady character who is known for seedy activities. From trying to influence his rich grandmother in changing her will and attempting to interrupt a major business deal with a big corporate CEO to destroying a Las Vegas lounge performer’s career and blackmailing a wealthy entrepreneur — Vaughn has given many people reasons for wanting him dead.

Guests at the murder mystery events, Hughes said, seem to enjoy tapping into their inner Sherlock Holmes as they try to figure out who committed the deathly deed. The popular fundraisers, which are held several times a year, typically net about $1,000 for Agape House. The nonprofit organization provides assistance to people in need in Hermiston and the surrounding area.

For more information, to purchase a ticket or learn ways to support Agape House, call 541-567-8774.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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