By Michelle Colesanti

Helping to solve a murder mystery will not only provide a fun night out, but it will help to benefit the various Brandon Elk’s charities which support the local community.

Join in for this night of laughs and mystery as this hilarious and dysfunctional family drama loudly unfolds as attendees learn the dark secrets of the Tortellini family and business.

My Big Fat Italian Funeral, presented by MurderS She Wrote, a professional theatre group, will take place on Sunday, September 14 at the Brandon Elks Lodge. Tickets are only $25 for both dinner and the show. This show usually costs $45 at other venues in the Tampa area making this event an affordable night out. It will raise much needed money for youth programs sponsored by the Elks.

A cash bar will be available from 5-6 p.m. with the first course of dinner and the first act beginning at 6 p.m.

Dinner is lasagna roll-ups or chicken marsala. The meal includes salad, garlic bread, roasted potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Elks Member Linda Reid, who represents the youth and veteran support programs, said, “The Elks is a wonderful organization to be part of that offers lots of fun and social activities to enjoy, but more importantly, it allows you the opportunity to give back to your community through our many volunteer support programs helping those in need. We are a big family, and we always welcome new members with like values.”

The Elks recently won the Brandon Round Table award for Volunteer Organization of the Year. This was presented to the organization because of many things it has done to help the less fortunate in the community through its multiple programs throughout the year.  Elks’ members were honored by heading up this year’s Brandon’s Fourth of July parade.

There is only reserved seating for the Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show. Tickets are sold after 4 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge, which is located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon, or by calling Reid at 503-3204. E-mail linda for more information about the show.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.