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Who would have guessed that by agreeing to have your business name inscribed on a detective’s notepad you could help fund leadership and professional development in Lackawanna County?

Creating character sponsorships is all part of a plot by Nicole Barber, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lackawanna coordinator. Her only motive: To raise money for nonprofit Leadership Lackawanna.

Barber and her conspirators are in the process of planning a “Murder in the Gallery:” A Murder Mystery Dinner Party, which she confessed is “a dark comedic tale of murder and mystery that takes a magnified look into the strange world of art.”

The show will hit the stage May 31, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, fourth floor, Shopland Hall.

According to Barber, the play features an original script written by the folks at Vintage Theater. “Their professional actors will produce,” she said.

On the night of the event, guests are encouraged to pay close attention to artwork around Shopland Hall, which will be transformed into a gallery.

“Clues can be anywhere,” said Barber.

Barber is seeking sponsors for the event and noted that sponsorships are not only reasonably priced, but “super creative.”

“This was one of the elements I decided when planning it. I wanted sponsors to think my event was unique and original.”

Currently, the available opportunities and benefits are Character sponsor $100 which includes a corporate logo/name incorporated into a character and one complimentary ticket; Painting sponsor $50, with a corporate logo/name incorporated on a painting; Centerpiece sponsor for $50,

with a corporate logo/name incorporated into centerpiece and Prop sponsor $50, with a corporate logo/name incorporated into a prop.

If you are at a loss for ideas, Barber suggested some roles.

“An actor in the show could be a banker at Pennstar bank or cashier at Dunkin Donuts – two of our current sponsors. Prop sponsorships could be just as creative because on stage a character could be holding a coffee mug from your company or wearing a shirt with your logo,” she said.

Sponsorships secured to date include Lackawanna College, Steve Zayac, Mark and Lynn Volk, Chamberlin and Reinheimer Insurers, NEPIRC, Pennstar Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Baptist Bible College and Seminary and Concrete Thinking.

“Lackawanna College purchased the reception sponsorship, and during cocktails there will be a featured drink – Lackawanna Lemonade, which president, Mark Volk named. The murder weapons are being sponsored by three different organizations, and each will have suggestion/thought into a creative weapon. The detective’s notepad is being sponsored by NEPIRC – their logo will appear on the top of every notepad that is given to guests.”

Tickets to the show are $40, and include dinner and show with a cash bar. To order tickets in advance, call Karen at 570.542.7711. For details, call Barber, 342-7711, extension 125 or email nbarber@scrantonchamber.com.

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