Visiting Nurse Association plans murder mystery dinner

Monday, March 3, 2008

SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Visiting Nurse Association Hospice is getting ready for its first annual mystery dinner and silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the National Guard Armory in Sikeston. VNA Hospice staff and volunteers in the cast want to raise money for those in their care and thought this would be a successful fundraiser to hold while having fun. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for an opportunity to view and bid on silent auction items.

"All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to improve services for our patients," said Helen Sander, a certified registered nurse at VNA. "We would like to improve our bereavement services for support groups and volunteer training."

"I'm Getting Murdered in the Morning" is the mystery comedy that Hospice volunteers and staff are currently rehearsing under the direction of Little Theatre director Terry Jones and co-director Carrie Yanson.

Sander believes the fundraiser for VNA Hospice, a private, not-for-profit home health service provider, will be successful because it is different.

"Some of the volunteers have said they'd love to go to something like this but the opportunity is only available in big cities or when they're on vacation," she said.

The evening's mystery program is set at a wedding reception, when one of the guests gets killed. The audience will be caught up in the search for a killer as they are given clues needed to identify and capture the him or her.

The dinner menu will include a choice of rib-eye steak, grilled chicken breast or vegetable lasagna provided by Ziegler's Catering. Cheers will host a cash bar.

A program book will be available for each guest in the audience to keep track of the clues. Patrons, sponsors and ads are part of the book. "We want to give credit to the actors and because we are Hospice, there's always a call for patients and former Hospice patients to be memorialized. The book combines it all," said Sander.

Tickets are available now at any VNA office and at Collins Music in Sikeston, Mo.

VNA Hospice serves 14 Southeast Missouri counties including Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Scott. VNA of Southeast Missouri arose from a need in the community first recognized and acted upon by the directors of county health departments in 1973. In 1993, VNA Hospice officially sought and received accreditation for the VNA Hospice program.

For more information about home care services in the Southeast Missouri area, call VNA at 800-286-5892 or the check listings in the phone book.

335-6611, extension 133

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