Thank you to all who participated in our murder mystery dinner fundraiser! The Monarch Mystery was a royal success and fun was had by all. Congratulations to Ruth B and Steve P, the fortune teller and the wizard respectively, for their wins in the Best Costume category! More photos available on our Facebook page.
Ten more days until our Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser for Wendy’s Butterfly Garden! Join us for The Monarch Mystery: A Night of Royal Intrigue where a night of fun, mystery, and delicious food awaits! Here is your opportunity to wear a costume, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy a night of intrigue, all while helping support your community!
Our royal meal will be provided by Bridges Catering and includes:
- Carved Top Sirloin with Au Jus
- Roast Loin of Pork with Raspberry Sauce
- Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
- Personal Quiches
- Hard cheeses
- Assorted cakes and cheesecakes
- Cash bar
- and more!
Throughout the evening we will hear from our host, the great King Leo, who has called us all together to make a special announcement. You will be part of the royal mystery as you meet other dinner guests, ask questions, solve puzzles, and figure out WhoDunIt.
Order your ticket today to receive a character assignment and dossier which will be mailed to you (electronically and/or snailmail) before the event. You will be able to find out about your character’s background and motives, as well as how you are connected to the King and his family.
Purchase your ticket by clicking on the “Donate” tab above and using the PayPal button. Then contact us (email@example.com) and we will figure out which character you will be playing for the evening. Tickets are $45 for three more days and then go up to $65 after the 19th. All reservations must be made by noon on October 23.
During the event you will be able to further support our cause through purchasing additional clues from the Wizard, as well as by participating in a silent auction. If you or your company has an item they would like to have included in the silent auction, please contact us. All profits benefit the butterfly garden at the Quad City Botanical Center.
Don’t miss out! Reserve your spot today!
Here are a few of the male characters still left for our October 26th Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser:
Duke Portoricensis, Cousin of the King
Often complaining that he was “born to the wrong brother,” Duke Portor nevertheless enjoys the benefits of royal living, in no small part because he insists on it. Although the two cousins did not grow up particularly close to each other emotionally, as adults Portor wove himself into castle life whether or not anyone liked it. Loud, opinionated, and entitled, he is a burden that must be born by those who wish to keep the peace in King Leo’s household, as he frequently reminds others.
Danaini, Son of Jatrophae
Before Heliconius came to the royal household, there was a nanny named Jatrophae, who met her own untimely death the same day as Queen Giluppus. Jatrophae’s son, Danaini, now two years old and orphaned, was shown favor by King Leo who insisted he be given a home in the castle. Danaini was raised by his own nanny, a harsh and bitter woman named Argema. Although living in the castle and shown favor by the King upon his rare visits, Danaini has spent most of his life feeling a second class citizen in his own home. He is quiet and intelligent, a collector of butterflies and an observer of people.
Lord Viceroy, Second in Charge of the King’s Cabinet
As second in charge of the King’s cabinet, Lord Viceroy has the King’s ear and the treasurer’s pocketbook. Though of questionable descent, (it is rumored that his mother was a peasant,) he knows how to walk the walk and blends in well with his royal surroundings. He is shrewd with money, always expanding the treasury holdings, though often at the expense of the commoners whom he taxes and the aristocracy whom he extorts. It is no secret that he does not care for Lord Nivosus, and that Viceroy has attempted to oust Nivosus more than once.
Xander Curtis Corriander, American Movie Star
Smooth with the ladies and studly with the men, Xander is everything an actor should be. He is stylish and smooth talking, and he always seems to get anything he wants. Tabloids have indicated that he is interested in someone in the royal household, but nobody can quite figure out who. What is certain is that Xander has made himself at home in the castle, much to the consternation of most of the artistocracy who believe that he should be less concerned with what is behind each door than he should be with his own career.
Flint Treadwell, American Oil Tycoon
With a personality as big as Texas, Flint Treadwell is part cowboy, part business tycoon, and as manly as the west itself. He made his money in oil but has investments in technologies and organizations throughout the world, not a few of which have questionable business practices. Flint is loud and gregarious, and makes himself welcome wherever he goes. His affable nature puts those around him at ease, even as he is shrewdly assessing the best way to make money off of them. Nobody is quite sure what King Leo sees in him, but they always enjoy being around him.
You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous event! Scroll down the page for more details, then click on the “Donations & Check Out” tab to purchase your tickets. You’ll have a great time solving a mystery AND helping out your community by supporting the butterfly garden at the Quad City Botanical Center.
Join us for The Monarch Mystery: A night of royal intrigue.
Our next fundraiser is your perfect opportunity to eat well, wear a costume, and become part of the royal murder mystery! The event is Saturday, October 26th, 6:30 pm at the Quad City Botanical Center. Tickets are $45 each until October 19th, at which time they go up to $65. Dinner will be provided by Bridges Catering. All profits go to support the butterfly garden located at the Quad City Botanical Center. Get your ticket today!
Who do you want to be for the evening? A Duke? A doctor? A visiting oil tycoon? An American movie star? Let me introduce you to a few of the characters you might meet at the royal gathering:
Princess Tirumala, Middle Daughter ~ The second daughter of King Leo and the late Queen Gilippus, Tirumala is a bubbly fountain of free-spirited enthusiasm. She spreads joy as a dandelion spreads seeds. Unfortunately, her unquenchable cheer can sometimes be vexing, especially to those who have begun to think that her smile masks something more. Tirumala and her sisters seem to be constantly at battle, with each other and with most of the royal household. Even when fighting though, Tirumala wears a malicious smile.
Duke Portoricensis, Cousin of the King ~ Often complaining that he was “born to the wrong brother,” Duke Portor nevertheless enjoys the benefits of royal living, in no small part because he insists on it. Although the two cousins did not grow up particularly close to each other emotionally, as adults Portor wove himself into castle life whether or not anyone liked it. Loud, opinionated, and entitled, he is a burden that must be born by those who wish to keep the peace in King Leo’s household, as he frequently reminds others.
Flint Treadwell, American Oil Tycoon ~ With a personality as big as Texas, Flint Treadwell is part cowboy, part business tycoon, and as manly as the west itself. He made his money in oil but has investments in technologies and organizations throughout the world, not a few of which have questionable business practices. Flint is loud and gregarious, and makes himself welcome wherever he goes. His affable nature puts those around him at ease, even as he is shrewdly assessing the best way to make money off of them. Nobody is quite sure what King Leo sees in him, but they always enjoy being around him.
Contact us today to reserve your spot. The sooner you call, the better chance you have of being able to select the character you want to play. To order tickets and receive your character’s dossier, contact Lesley Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-267-8030.
A night of royal fun and mystery awaits, and YOU are part of the solution!
King Lepidoptera has called for an evening of merry-making because he has an important announcement to make. Everyone will be there… the Queen, the Princesses, assorted royalty, American celebrities, and perhaps even an impostor or two. Exactly how much influence do the Royal Advisers and the Wizard have? Why does that jester seem so sinister? What secrets await on this evening of mystery?
Tickets are now available for The Monarch Mystery: A Night of Royal Intrigue, a fundraiser supporting the butterfly garden located at the Quad City Botanical Center. The murder mystery dinner will be held Saturday, October 26, in the party canopy at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island, IL. And you are part of the mystery!
Each attendee will receive a dossier including their assigned character’s name, personal biography, costume suggestions, and your own initial clues. Throughout the evening you will have time to mingle with other party goers in order to gather and share information. Additional clues will be provided as the evening goes on, and there are rumors about that the Wizard of the land holds additional information that can be known only to you, but only IF the price is right.
Tickets are $45/person until October 19th, at which time the price increases to $65. Ticket availability is not guaranteed after October 22nd. Once tickets are purchased, your character will be assigned and you will receive your dossier within 5 days. If you purchase your ticket soon enough, you may even get to have a say in which character you will play!
A silent auction will be held throughout the evening. There will also be additional clues available for purchase and a cash bar. Dinner will be served by Bridges Catering. Costumes befitting a modern royal family are highly encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the best male and female costumes.
This is sure to be a memorable night and it is a great way to support your community by supporting Wendy’s Butterfly Garden. Watch our Facebook page for this and other events. Beginning on September 26th, exactly one month before the mystery dinner, daily posts will share information about other characters you may meet that evening.
Because of the amount of information exchanged at the time of purchase, tickets must be obtained by contacting Lesley Webster at Lesley@WendysButterflyGarden.com or by phone at 309.267.8030. If emailing, be sure to include a phone number and best time to contact you.
Team Wendy was formed to support our dear friend Wendy Petsel and her family. Although Wendy has let go of this life, we continue to honor her memory with the same joy and enthusiasm for life that she carried with her. As part of her legacy, we have established a butterfly garden in her name at the Quad City Botanical Center. It is funded almost exclusively through donations to Team Wendy. To make a donation for the silent auction, or to arrange an interview with the Team Wendy leadership staff, please contact us at LiveWell@WendysButterflyGarden.com.
Team Wendy cooperates fully with the Quad City Botanical Center but is a separate entity. To speak directly to someone at the Quad City Botanical Center, please contact Education Director, Gary Koeller, at 309.794.0991, extension 25.
Our next Trivia Night fundraiser will be held Friday, September 20th, at the Viking Club on 41st in Moline. And this time we have a twist.
Usually we are raising funds to support the butterfly garden at the Quad City Botanical Center. We started this attraction as a way of honoring the memory of our dear friend, Wendy Petsel, who lost her battle to breast cancer in March of 2010. This time, however, we have a new cause.
Wendy’s husband, Steve, has fought his own battle with cancer for several years now, and is now duking it out with a tumor in his brain. Between chemotherapy and all the related drugs, (anti-nausea, anti-seizure, etc.), travel to and from Iowa City every week, and all of the assorted costs that go with a thing like this, expenses add up quickly. So now it’s our turn to help Steve.
Invite your friends, invite your family, and join us for a night of fun, laughter, and trivia! The Viking Club is generously hosting us so bring some cash to spend on both soft and not-so-soft drinks at their bar. We’ll also have raffle items, Team Wendy shirts for sale, and information on the October mystery dinner fundraiser for the butterfly garden.
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Also, if you’d like a PDF file of this flyer, you can download one here:
For interviews, donations, or to supply a raffle or silent auction item, please contact us at a number shown on the flyer.
Thank you to each person who had a part in making our first fundraiser of the year a success! From set-up to tech to scoring to running answer sheets, each of our support staff was fantastic. Each person and organization who donated an item for the raffle and silent auction is greatly appreciated. And of course, the night would not be able to happen without each of you who invited friends and played trivia! Congrats to the winning team who has already put the challenge out there on Facebook that they intend to defend the title in September!
Special thanks to each company and individual who donated raffle & auction items:
- Quad City Botanical Center
- Custom Limousines & Exotic Cars
- A&A 15 Minute Oil Change
- Two Rivers YMCA
- Boetje’s Mustard
- Author Sean Leary
- Author Ella March Chase
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who support Team Wendy and Wendy’s Butterfly Garden all the time. We appreciate TWMedia.net who donates our web hosting and Jason Evans of Neon Dragon Tattoo who designed our logo. And of course, we would not exist at all if it weren’t for the wonderful team at the Quad City Botanical Center!
Mark your calendars now for our next Trivia Night on September 14!
Save this date!
Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:00 pm at Davenport Elks Lodge
Tables of no more than 8 but if you don’t have a table to sit at, show up and we’ll find you one! (And we’ll introduce you to the people sitting there too. We’re awesome like that.)
To register ahead, (which is greatly appreciated), contact us as shown in the flyer below.
Get out your calendars and write it in now… Friday, March 1st, 2013 is our next fundraiser! It’s the annual Trivia Night to help fund Wendy’s Butterfly Garden hosted at the Quad City Botanical Center. Plan now to bring a team or even just yourself. Details will follow soon, but for now, schedule it in!
Friday, March 1st, 7 pm
Elk’s Lodge, Davenport, IA