Murder Mystery Fundraiser Coming Soon to Benefit SDSU Students

The San Diego State University will hold its annual fundraiser, “Taste of Mystery,” Saturday March 19 to benefit SDSU students.

CALEXICO – Imperial Valley residents will get to test their detective skills as the San Diego State University prepares its annual Taste of the Valley event with a unique twist this year by hosting an interactive murder mystery fundraiser called “The Taste of Mystery.”

Participants will join in a live-action detective novel where the true killer could be anyone… even them!

The Murder Mystery Company production group is based out of San Diego and now operates nationwide, performing weekly interactive mystery dinner theatre shows.

The “Taste of Mystery” will take place 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Imperial Center. Tickets prior to the event will be sold at $50 each and cost $55 the day of the event.

“We wanted to bring something new to the Valley, something new and innovative that hasn’t been seen before,” said Valorie Ashley, SDSU Director of Development and Community Relations. ”I love this era (1930s gangster era), the outfits, the music, the clothing. Everything about it. And so this is where the idea came from.”

The annual Taste of the Valley is the only fundraiser San Diego State University (SDSU) holds annually to raise funding for scholarships that benefit low income students.

“The purpose of the event is to fundraise money for scholarships for SDSU students. With tickets sold at $50 each and donations, we are hoping to make our annual goal which is $30,000,” explained Ashley.

Guests will be lured into a 1920s and 1930s speakeasy at the Imperial Center, located in the city of Heber, where they will enjoy a formal sit-down dinner, live music and entertainment and drinks while given clues throughout the evening to solve the unfolding murder mystery play.

The “speakeasy” was an establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages in the 1920s and 1930s during the alcohol prohibition years. Speakeasies were numerous and popular during the prohibition years, and many of them were operated by people who were part of organized crime gangs. Even though police and agents of the Bureau of Prohibition would often raid them and arrest their owners and patrons, the clandestine bars were so profitable that they continued to flourish. The speakeasy soon became one of the biggest parts of the American culture.

Attendees will be encouraged to dress appropriately for that era and will be given a list of websites where clothing can be purchased at a low cost if they choose to do so.

To purchase tickets in advance or to become a sponsor, please contact Valorie Ashley at (760) 768-5569 or via email at