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MATTOON -- A “Back to the '80s" murder mystery show will be held Friday and Saturday evenings as a fundraiser for The Haven.

Organizers report that the show will feature a host of characters from 1980s movies, ranging from "Footloose" to "Flashdance." Participants are encouraged to wear 1980s retro clothing, such as Madonna or Don Johnson looks.

The show tells the story of Franklin Pierce High School’s class of 1985 reunion. Alumna Jennifer Grey McFly, who is assistant principal, is vying for the top job after the last principal dies in a bizarre peanut crushing accident. She is thwarted by the return of the quarterback from the 1985 championship team, Biff Chattahoochee, whom the school board is appointing as principal.

“Back to the '80s" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mattoon Moose Lodge's banquet hall, 1212 Broadway Ave., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event also will offer hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are available for $25 in advance by calling The Haven at 217-234-7237, or by purchasing them online at or the Mattoon Haven page on Facebook. Tickets will be sold for $35 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit The Haven nonprofit organization's emergency shelter and community kitchen, which are located in a newly constructed and opened building at 1812 Western Ave. The Haven was previously known as Mattoon Area PADS.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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