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foundation of arts' murder mystery with a mission
by Audrey Poff; photography by Amy Long

The Foundation of Arts is offering an entertaining way to ring in 2015 –
a New Year’s Eve party that includes dinner, dancing and a murder in three acts.

“We wanted to bring people in, let them have a good time and maybe help them get a little more interested in what we’re doing at The Foundation of Arts,” said Pulliam, executive director of the organization. “We want to introduce them to our capital campaign that will become very tangible in 2015 as we raise funds to build an arts education center that will be our very own.”

New Year’s Eve Party 2014 will begin with a murder mystery dinner theater. In the play, Pulliam said, a restaurant owner hosts several people who are producing a Broadway production. As the writer, director, actors and understudies find conflict with each other.

Murder mystery cast members include Lorenzo Balderas, Erika Balderas, Jack Turner, Amy Turner, Dr. Damon Wright, Stephanie Wright, Joe Carr, Maranda Nichols, Russ Pierce, Meridith Pierce and Sam Hiser. The audience will get the chance to guess who they think the murderer is before the murderer is finally revealed.“The evening will also include a DJ, dancing and hors d’oeuvres
after dinner until the final toast to the New Year,” said Pulliam.

A committee of FOA volunteers researched several event options before deciding on the New Year’s Eve party.

“There isn’t an event like this in Jonesboro on New Year’s Eve,” said Pulliam. “It’s an opportunity to get all dressed up, support an amazing mission in the community, and establish a new tradition of joy on this holiday.

“Proceeds from the event will benefit the FOA in two ways,” she said. “They will support the outreach programming already going on at The Foundation of Arts, and they will officially kickoff The FOA Capital Campaign,” she said.

Although there is no minimum age requirement for the New Year’s Eve party, Pulliam said adult beverages will be served and the entertainment is geared toward adults.

New Year’s Eve Party 2014, sponsored by St. Bernards Medical Center, will be held Dec. 31 at St. Bernards Auditorium. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 935.2726.