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Circle K Holds Fundraiser for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

The college-aged service members staged a murder mystery and raised over $3,000 for the disease.

Circle K members from Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, CW Post, Nassau Community College and Five Towns College recently staged a murder mystery in the grand ballroom of Adelphi University to raise money to rid the world of Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus.

In partnership with UNICEF, the ELIMINATE project seeks to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) by 2015. MNT is a preventable disease that claims the life of a newborn baby or mother every nine minutes in 38 developing countries around the world. 

To prevent this disease, mothers need a series of three vaccinations that cost a total of $1.80. Once vaccinated, a mother is protected throughout her childbearing years and passes her immunity to any child she gives birth to for its first two months of life.

The dinner took on a 1950s theme, as students from fictional Adel High School in 1957 entered "Dotty's Diner" after homecoming. Cindy, the homecoming queen, was murdered, and Detective Nyck sent the audience out to look for evidence. 

Six suspects were introduced, and the audience conducted interviews and decided who the murderer was. After the teams made their choices, Detective Nyck guided the groups through the facts and motives and ultimately revealed that best friend Beverly was the murderer. 

At show's end, the event had raised over $3,300 for Kiwanis International’s Worldwide Service Project ELIMINATE. 

“I am so proud of Lieutenant Governor Lauren Sachs and everyone involved in this fundraiser," said Rickie Santer, who represents Circle K on the Kiwanis ELIMINATE Service Leadership Programs sub-committee. "The proceeds of LICKI’s Murder Mystery will vacinate 1,833 mothers.”

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