December 12, 2022

Mystery at the Mansion: Putting the fun in fundraising.

Who said nonprofit events must be stuffy and strict? The JC Runyon Foundation put a new spin on supporting their cause with a night of great food, a phenomenal atmosphere, and superb theatrics. We were honored to spend the evening solving mysteries and celebrating with new friends at the Mystery at the Mansion.

About the JC Runyon Foundation

Inspired by the late Jack “JC” Runyon, the JC Runyon Foundation aims to provide students a chance to reach their goals despite their battles with mental health. JCRF provides more than just scholarships for their students, but also a community of support, education, and awareness centered around mental health – especially in college. We are honored to have worked with JCRF and to see the direct effect they have on their students.

The Mystery at the Mansion

JCRF holds a yearly event to support the mission – often a gala or party for supporters to gather and celebrate. Executive Director, Niki Shaheen, approached us with her idea of a mystery theater dinner which she had already begun progress on planning. We knew this would be a night we could not miss out on.

The night would include fun food trucks, amazing drinks, and a 1920’s mob family theme. What more could you ask for? That is where the mystery comes in! In partnership with a dinner theater group, the evening was planned to include a faux wedding that gasp a murder would halt! The dinner party guests would take the role of detectives solving the case and hunting for helpful clues.

Joining in the fun

I may or may not have a slight obsession with theater and all things theatrical and dramatic. That said, to participate in the role of “mother of the bride,” I was more than happy to lend a hand.

Surprise: I ended up being the criminal. I should be ashamed of myself, but I had too much fun.

A Lasting Impression

At the night’s end, The Mystery at the Mansion was much more than a good party. It was a night to commune and share in one similar goal – supporting students fighting a hard battle with the added benefit of having some fun.

I hugged a sweet student – Myla – who was the recipient of an extra special JC Runyon Scholarship. Myla was granted the Mary Catherine White Scholarship in honor of Mary Catherine White, a beautiful young lady whose life was cut far too short due to her mental health struggles. Her family joins with the JC Runyon Foundation to support young women like Mary Catherine and encourage them to live their next chapter and always to keep fighting.

You can join the fight

Attending the JC Runyon Foundation events are wonderful ways to support their mission firsthand while experiencing unforgettable fun. You can follow JC Runyon on Facebook and Instagram, or you can follow them on Eventbrite to stay up to date on any new events they have coming up.

If you are looking for an easy way to support today, go to to donate online or set up monthly donations.

We are proud to support the JC Runyon Foundation and its students. #liveyournextchapter



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