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Dinner Theatre and Silent Auction

The Zonta Club of Yakima Valley Foundation is a 501(C)3 that accepts donations from the community which are given to local organizations which improve the lives of women through our annual RFP process. All funds donated to Zonta are tax deductible.

Murder Mystery PlayFor 27 years, the Zonta Club of Yakima had one major fundraiser to raise funds for local and international service projects. That fundraiser was a Dinner Theatre and Silent Auction. This annual event took place the first Saturday in March of every year at the Yakima Convention Center.

The evening event featured dinner, silent and live auction, raffle, and live entertainment. The evening starts with doors opening at 5:30 PM for previewing and bidding on silent auction items throughout the room. Dinner is always a magnificent meal, catered by M&M Catering, complete with wine and dessert. There is a live auction after dinner, the results of the raffle items are announced and the Dinner Theatre begins around 8:00 and lasts until 9:30.

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In 2014 the Eisenhower Drama club performed the play. The 2011 Murder Mystery was performed by Manic Thunder, a Yakima-based comedy improv troupe. The 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Murder Mystery plays were written by Terry Sexton, a comedy writer with writing credits for Laugh In and the Carol Burnett Show. Previous to that the play had been written by Larry Cearlock with the earliest plays written by Esther Shrader (a former Zonta member). Actors are local talented thespians.

Dinner theater in YakimaOne of the best parts of the play is the opportunity given to each table of guests to try to “solve” the murder after the play is finished. There is a short question and answer period where members of the audience can ask questions of the cast prior to having each table try to guess “WHO DUNNIT”! For the past 24 years, this question and answer period has had some of the most creative and entertaining dialogue exchanges in the entire evening. The guests at each table are then asked to fill out their table's solution sheet with their best guess on who committed the murder, how they did it, and why they did it. Prizes are awarded to the winning table!

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The success of this fundraising event is due to the fantastic support Zonta receives from the business and civic community. Businesses can use this opportunity to showcase new products, announce new services, etc. by donating particular items or services for the auctions. The ten largest ticket items are auctioned off in an live auction - providing the business even more publicity for their donation and their product/service.

Watch the PSA from the 2007 Event

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Recent Dinner Theatre Programs


Aces and Eights: Dead Man's Hand A Murder in the Wild, Weird West

2012 Murder Mystery Poster

2011 Murder Mystery Poster

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Our appreciation to the many donors who make the Dinner Theatre such a great success every year !

2013 Dinner Theatre Donors
2012 Dinner Theatre Donors
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Yakima Valley

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