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“First there were three. And now there’s me. They are all dead. You are next Ed!” A sinister voice could be heard from the gardens at the Kentucky Historical Society Friday evening. Ed Councill, Founder of Kids Grow Kentucky, had been a “marked man” for several weeks. Videos of his interactions with individuals throughout Frankfort, were posted to the Kids Grow Kentucky Facebook Page. That evening, during a fundraiser for KGK, he and the people who held a grudge against him, for one reason or another, were altogether.

Of course this is the plotline to the Murder Mystery Masquerade Ball, a Kids Grow Kentucky fundraiser conceived and executed by Elizabeth Hernandez, a recent Miami, Florida transplant, who now runs the organization for Councill. Hernandez worked tirelessly for months and recruited both youth (the KGK target audience) and adults alike in a carefully produced and orchestrated murder mystery event.

Some of the sponsors of this event were Capital Living, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Protection and Advocacy, Completely Kentucky, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism, La Fiesta Grande, Broadway Clay, Vibrant Life, Bill Rogers, Canoe Kentucky, Bryant’s Pic Pak, and Brandon Johnson.

KGK would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with this event as well as the “actors” who gave of themselves and their time. They include: Steve Shelton, Chad Norfleet, Adam (?) from Frankfort EMT, Gabe Langley, Zenas English, Kamryn Rider, Katie Cole, Chris Howard, Vanetta Graves, Donna Hecker, and Ed Councill.

About Kids Grow Kentucky

The 501c3 non-profit organization is dedicated to encouraging our children to become more active both in body and mind, by implementing hands on experience strategies by combining outdoor activities with the school’s curriculum and extracurricular activities. With the goal to engage their imagination, interest, and initiative in the learning process.