Fort Lauderdale, FL Jan 22,2016 – There’s no question that this unique who-dunn-it is one of the most popular yearly events in South Florida. Patterned after the board game Clue, ClueLess on Las Olas’ participants read an original mystery and then solve seven one-of-a-kind clues to determine which of the six suspects committed the murder and where or with what. ClueLess takes place on Thursday, March 10th starting with on-site registration from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Stranahan House & Laura Ward Park, 335 S.E. 6thAvenue. The fundraiser benefits the non-profit Partners In Education, Inc. that assists public schools and students in Broward County by developing partnerships with business and community organizations
This year, the theme – “Lotto Demise” explores the dangers in winning millions of dollars in the Lotto… or hundreds of millions in the Powerball! With the recent $1.5 billion Powerball Jackpot, there is a lot of interest in who wins and what happens to that person. For the tenth-year running, Tim Curtin has been writing the mysteries.
The plot thickens…”The trailer park crowd in Oakland Park had tons to whoop it up over as one of their own had finally stuck gold – Florida Gold, that is. Mr. Snobar Hudding hit Big Lotto last month and was looking forward to the press conference at the Riverside Hotel this afternoon to introduce himself as a brand new multimillionaire who will quit his job washing dishes beginning today. Hudding was last seen around 8:00 pm last night at the Riverside near the courtyard leading to the parking lot. He was found dead this morning by the Miami Herald delivery man. By all accounts, Mr. Hudding was a pretty stand up, straight forward guy. But ultimately, he had one too many detractors for his own good. He won Lotto….and that brought his demise,” according to Tim Curtin. OMG!!
After check-in, participants will enter the street party where they can read the mystery and enjoy refreshments. At 7:00 p.m. SHARP, the crowd is charged with helping solve the mystery. They are introduced to the six suspects and then everyone takes off to the shops and restaurants on Las Olas to retrieve the clues. ‘Snitches’ are on the street to sell hints for $1.00 while the suspects generally provide misdirection.
At 8:30 p.m., everyone returns to the street party to hear the final clue and accuse a suspect. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The prize for the first place contestant will be two tickets on Southwest Airlines!.
The silent auction runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with items from shops on Las Olas, signed sports memorabilia, dinner packages and hotel stays. In addition, participants enjoy a raffle, appetizer and dessert buffets, music and a bar.
This popular event is produced by the Las Olas Association, under the direction of Beth Jarvis from Events Etc Fla.. Registration will be limited to the first 500 sleuths, so register early. Prices are as indicated – $35 in advance, purchase three in advance, the fourth one is free (through March 8th at 8:00 p.m.) or $40 at the event, if available. Website registration is now open at (www.browardpartners.com). Credit cards are accepted. Registered participants must be over 21 of age or be accompanied by a parent.
Sponsors include The Miami Herald, 102.7 The Beach Radio, Anidjar & Levine, P.A., BrightStar Credit Union, Wheelabrator South Broward, Humana, Aetna Health Care of Florida, After School Programs, All County Music, Memorial Healthcare Systems, Southwest Airlines, Pepsi Beverages Company, The Las Olas Association, Papa John’s Pizza, The Riverside Hotel, Breakthru Beverage Co. and Stephens Distributing
NOTE: Tim Curtin is the Director of Community Youth Services, a program of Memorial Healthcare System. Community Youth Services, at no cost to the participants, targets at-risk children and teens with afterschool care, alcohol/tobacco prevention, help for pregnant teens and much more. The program has touched more than 110,000 young people and their families since its inception. Tim is a member and former president of the Partners In Education Board of Directors. As a Partner In Education with several area schools, and a member of the PIE Board, for the past six years, Tim has volunteered to participate in ClueLess on Las Olas by writing the original murder mystery writer and developing the clue and hints to solve the whodunit.
Cast of Characters Lotto Demise… The Plot Thickens!
The trailer park crowd in Oakland Park had tons to whoop it up over as one of their own had finally stuck gold – Florida Gold, that is. Mr. Snobar Hudding hit Big Lotto last month and was looking forward to the press conference at the Riverside Hotel this afternoon to introduce himself as a brand new multimillionaire who will quit his job washing dishes beginning today. Hudding was last seen around 8:00 pm last night at the Riverside near the courtyard leading to the parking lot. He was found dead this morning by the Miami Herald delivery man. By all accounts, Mr. Hudding was a pretty stand up, straight forward guy. But ultimately, he had one too many detractors for his own good. He won Lotto….and that brought his demise.
Fystee Sparks is a wanna-be country western balladeer who tells everyone she’s from Alabama yet she was born in a lean-to in Davie. She carried Hudding for a while she was singing up in Pompano minus her shirt. Dusty was shocked when he chose another woman to parade around at the ceremony today. She was pissed to say the least. “A lot of promises, promises from this butthole…..he used me like a cheap suit”.
J’Knee Miller is a hot basketball prospect that happens to be playing a big time game at Nova Southeastern University. Hudding likes to attend college hoops and they met after a game. Long story short, Hudding paid off Miller to sign as his agent and instead of the NBA, Miller was sandbagged into a contract to play in North Korea. Needless to say, Miller has smoldering hatred. “He never did the things he was supposed to…..instead of me making millions here, I’ll be getting paid a bowl of rice and 2 dumplings a game playing in a commy country!!!”
Fanny Farkel is the proud widow who has lived in the trailer park for 32 years. She never says a word, always keeps to herself……or so it seems. Quietly, she built a colossal crush on the middle-aged Hudding after her hubby passed and as a result, detested Dusty and Snobar for their “cheap antics”. Loud racket was heard from Hudding’s place over the past few nights and witnesses have said they’ve seen Farkel slithering around his trailer at the same time. Farkel plays coy. ”Listen, I don’t know anyone. I barely know my own name these days”.
Flea Belly is an up and coming “trailto” rapper. “Trailto” is the trailer park/ghetto rap mash-up term the Flea introduced to us in his top youtube sensation “Bitter Again”. Yet he was struggling to make ends meet as youtube don’t pay the bills. Hudding promised to sponsor his tour and to purchase him studio time to cut a few more tunes. He abruptly reneged last night, devastating Mr. Belly. “You don’t land in this Funky Junction Trailer Park by accident……we are all destined for greatness…..and that Lotto-winning, lucky SOB pulled mine away.”
Erica Sweetbang is exactly as the name implies……she is a big time trailer fun gal that loves a good time, a tight pair of jeans, Two Buck Chuck, and a trip to Wal-Mart in a hot Saturday night. Sweetbang lent Hudding $10 bucks for lunch that fateful day and he used her money to buy 2 hot dogs, a slushie and the winning Lotto ticket. “He doesn’t give me a piece of the action? If it ain’t for my dime, he never wins!” “Are you f’ing kidding me? I deserve to quit slinging hash at the 85 Diner now !!!”
Dante Federica is the noblest man in the Funky Junction. His Achilles heal was electronic black jack at the Isles Casino. Dante is a down and out degenerate gambler. He owed Hudding a few hundred he borrowed during one of his frequent unlucky streaks and was shocked when Hudding slapped him around yesterday for not paying up. “Snobar is a hog and you know what they say? Pigs get fat….but hogs get slaughtered.”