A fundraiser is coming up to bring new equipment to Tofino General Hospital. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Murder Mystery coming up to raise funds for Tofino General Hospital

“Nobody’s giving away any secrets.”

A delightful whodunit is coming to captivate West Coast sleuths.

The Tofino Hospital Foundation will host a Murder Mystery event at the Tofino Legion on Oct. 19.

The Foundation last hosted a Murder Mystery in 2010 in an effort to raise money for an ultrasound machine for the local hospital and is bringing the event back with the hopes of purchasing a new ultrasound machine, which carries a price tag of $71,000.

“Even if we can make a good dent in that amount of money, would be great, absolutely wonderful,” Foundation chair Arlene McGinnis told the Westerly News. “It’s bigger, it’s better and it does more for the doctors and the nurses,”

She said the fun-filled, clue-laden, evening will provide a boisterous opportunity for West Coasters to support their hospital and care-providers.

“Each and every one of us, at one time or another, is going to need to be in that hospital and this particular piece of equipment is going to make it much easier and quicker for the doctors and nurses to diagnose what is going on,” she said.

The Murder Mystery will feature 14 actors though organizers are keeping mum on the details of the script to ensure a spoiler-free surprise.

“Nobody’s giving away any secrets,” McGinnis said.

The script was written and is being directed by Gary Marks, who also directed 2010’s event.

“It was absolutely a scream. It was just so fun,” McGinnis said of Marks’ 2010 work. “He’s very, very, good. He knows what he’s doing.”

Marks told the Westerly News he is excited to present another mystery for a great cause.

“All the people involved are dedicated and amazing. They’re in it to help raise money for the Tofino Hospital Foundation,” he said. “It’s a group effort.”

Tickets to the Murder Mystery are $125 with all proceeds raised going towards purchasing the ultrasound machine. Tickets can be purchased from Arlene 250-725-3310, Camilla 250-726-6655 and Judy 250-725-3362. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 with the evening beginning at 7 p.m. sharp.

“Don’t be late. Clues start immediately,” Marks warned. “Be sure you’re on time to view the crime.”


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