Friends of Melana will host their Second Annual Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The doors will open at 6 pm with dinner being served at 7pm.
The event will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mantua The tickets are available for purchase at Huntington Bank and Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville,  Miller’s Restaurant, Sky Lanes, and Cal’s Restaurant and Pizza Express.  Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner and the murder mystery. There will not be any tickets available at the door so everyone will need to purchase their tickets early. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Donna Bicker 216 210-1677. This year’s murder mystery will be “My Big Fat Geek Wedding” and will be performed by Garrettsville Curtains-Up Theater.  The interactive performance promises to be an evening full of laughter, joy and a rip-roaring good time as they raise money for cancer research.
The tickets include the catered dinner and the drama along with a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a cash beer and wine bar. Gather your friends, come out and celebrate a great evening of fun with friends while raising money for a good cause. Proceeds from this event will go toward research for children’s glioma in memory of Melana who lost her battle to the disease.
Children’s glioma cancer gets very little or no research dollars unless specifically designated to them because the cancer is so rare. In the meantime, children are being used as guinea pigs with most treatments being done on a trial and error basis. Friends of Melana are raising funds for research to give families better treatment options. The group hopes to see advances made in the treatment of the disease to be done in a lab rather than on the kids, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Friends of Melana were originally a support group for Melana’s family as they navigated through the stresses of glioma with their daughter/granddaughter Melana. The group later shifted its focus to raising funds for a cure to honor her memory. Friends of Melana operate under Prayers for Maria which is a non-profit group raising funds for glioma research.