Dress in costume, put your thinking cap on and try to solve the crime at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner Party to benefit Max's Hope Pet Rescue.
The festive whodunit fundraiser will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at MB Roland Distillery, 137 Barkers Mill Road, Pembroke.
"It's basically a huge game of Clue," said Danielle Kelvey, event coordinator and daughter of Max's Hope founder Tammy Stratton. "The whole idea is to bring our community together. They are going to be working in teams and trying to solve this murder-mystery that actually happens at the dinner. One of the players is killed off. She is trying to figure out who killed her and why they killed her."
The cost is $50 per person, which includes a catered meal. MB Roland bartenders will be on hand at the cash bar. Alcohol will be served and IDs will be checked at the door. Kelvey recommends the evening for ages 18 and older.
Only 100 tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com until Oct. 20.
Kelvey said the dinner is masquerade-themed so all guests are requested to dress in costume for the evening.
Awards will be given for best costume and a grand prize for whoever solves the mystery. Prizes will be determined Oct. 21.
In addition to solving the crime, guests may bid on items donated from local businesses in the silent auction. Kelvey said anyone interested in donating should contact her directly at 270-697-2613.
Other entertainment will include photos by KMitch Photography and music by House Party Karaoke and DJ Services.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit the donation-based Max's Hope Pet Rescue, which was founded eight years ago and named for a family pet who passed away. Kelvey said the money will be used to pay down the bill at Mansfield Veterinary Clinic and to help provide the necessities for the pets they rescue.
"Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome," Kelvey said. "We rescue animals that other rescues or shelters cannot take care of. We rehabilitate them -- get them all of their proper vet care. We have fought cases of parvo, cases of heartworm, neglect, mange. We get them into the best condition they can possibly get into. We always have them spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their vaccines before they are rehomed. We find them the best possible home that we can where they can spend the rest of their life in a furever family."
Kelvey said she wanted to offer a different kind of fundraiser for the community this year.
"You don't have to necessarily have to love animals to come," she said. "You are supporting Max's Hope, but it's also going to be a fun time."