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Seamus O’Malley (Mike Shepard) tries to escape the attentions of PR research analyst Irma Snell (Jean Lupa) during the 2012 Prescott Valley Police Foundation Mystery Dinner.<br>
TribPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

Seamus O’Malley (Mike Shepard) tries to escape the attentions of PR research analyst Irma Snell (Jean Lupa) during the 2012 Prescott Valley Police Foundation Mystery Dinner.<br> TribPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

People who enjoy good food, good fellowship and a good mystery will want to attend the final wine auction of the local Tortellini Brothers Winery.

If you didn't know Prescott Valley had a Tortellini Brothers Winery, you're mostly right, except for one night on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the StoneRidge clubhouse will become the Tortellini estate for the evening.

The Prescott Valley Police Foundation has planned its fifth annual Mystery Dinner, with all the bigger than life actors, laughter, brain teasing mystery, and good food that has become so popular in past events.

This year, guests will attend the last wine auction of the Tortellini Brothers Winery, pending sale of the estate after Georgio Tortellini's death. The Tortellinis, since 1909, produced rare cabernet sauvignon wines. When Georgio died, he left a will naming his two daughters, Toni and Olive, as equal beneficiaries, and his driver, Carmine Blanca, as executor of the $25 million estate. That's where the trouble begins. Carmine, who has the authority to make all the decisions regarding the estate, has decided to sell.

Olive wants to sell to her boyfriend, Joe Bob Biggs. Joe Bob's all for that. He wants to build a garish strip mall on the winery land. Toni will do anything to hold on to and run the winery, and she has a plan that will unfold during the auction.

Jessie Jones, local law and FBI reject, lays claim to the winery on behalf of her father, whom Georgio unjustly fired before his death.

Tortellini neighbor Nigel Tuesday rounds out the cast as a mama's boy who can't say no, therefore is taken advantage of because of his wealth.

Actors this year will include some of the popular cast from the 2012 dinner, with a few new faces taking the "stage."

How far will these characters go to get what they want? Guests to the auction will be the first to know, but not before enjoying a fine Italian meal of Caesar salad, baked ziti with Italian sausage, meat lasagne, mixed grilled veggies, and Italian cream cake.

Guests also will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction and raffle items, with all proceeds from the event going to the 501C3 Foundation, which since 2006 has raised and contributed $166,000 to supply non-budgeted safety items and other needs for Prescott Valley Police officers. These include loans for safety vests so officers don't have out of pocket expense when they start their jobs, safety raincoats, lightweight SWAT team shields, updated tasers for all officers, and more. This past year's successful dinner provided safety rifle racks for police vehicles.

"These are all needed safety items, provided without taxpayer money," said Foundation member Ginny Reeves.

The 2013 Mystery Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at StoneRidge clubhouse with a no-host bar. Dinner and mystery start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, and there is only room for 150 people. Tickets must be reserved by Oct. 15. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Ginny Reeves at 928-848-2468.

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