(Fun)draising entertainment


“Murder at the Juice Joint,” to benefit the Paul Warner Animal Rescue, was a resounding success, according to Bobby Sinclair and Zack Janis, who are the founders of Paris Charity Events.

Paul Warner Animal Rescue is operated by local volunteers to help abandoned and neglected animals.

The dinner theater evening was the latest in a series of charity events that Paris Charity Events conducts throughout the year. The organization is best known for sponsoring the popular handcuffs and hoses basketball game between Paris police officers and Paris firefighters.

Meat for the evening was donated by the Edgar County Locker and the First Methodist Church provided the kitchen for food preparation. The menu included pulled pork, Italin chicken, corn, green beans and a roll.

Sinclair said thanks to the overwhelming positive response and success, the event will be annual. In the end, there was a murder of Notorious Nick, played by Zack Lueken, and the culprit, as it turns out, was none other than Chief of Police Cameron, played by Jane Blair.

While a murder mystery normally creates an edge of the seat thriller, “what truly unfolded was an improv comedy,” Sinclair said. “All the actors involved not only flourished in their roles but provided belly busting laughter through the evening.”

Best dressed for the evening was Sandy Elliott, playing Cindy Butt. Best actor went to Drew Griffin, who not only played the tough guy but provided witty one-liners. Honorable mention went to both Blair and Craig Smith, who played Mayor Biggs.

“While there is a monetary amount on what was raised, there was an unlimited value to providing a good time and plenty of laughs in our small community,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair emphasized other events by the organization are planned. The annual Mayo vs. Crestwood alumni game/Handcuff and Hoses charity basketball game is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Eveland Gym. That event benefits the Christmas for Kids charity which serves all of Edgar County.