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Options’ Hosts Second Murder Mystery Event

Second Murder Mystery Event Raises Vital Funds for Vulnerable Long Islanders

Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options) recently held its second Murder Mystery Event- I Love the 80s to Death, at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh with event entertainment provided by The Murder Mystery Company. Guests enjoyed dinner and refreshments while teaming up to question “suspects” and discover who committed the crime. It was an afternoon of laughter, intrigue, and fundraising. The event hosted 139 guests and raised over $56,000 for Options’ programs which help vulnerable adults, children, and families living on Long Island.

Yolanda Robano-Gross, CEO of Options for Community Living, Inc. welcomed sponsors and guests with gratitude. “Your generous support helps people who are diagnosed with mental illness and other chronic illnesses live with dignity in the community and we are incredibly thankful.”

A moving testimonial was provided by Paul Ferretti, who resides in Options housing and works for the agency providing peer services for others living with mental illness. Paul discussed his life full of “highs and lows” including recovery from substance use and a debilitating stroke. “It’s been a journey,” said Paul. “I didn’t have the drive or energy to pick up and start over again, but every step of the way there was Options with me. I don’t know where I’d be without them.”

The afternoon concluded with the announcement of the raffle basket and silent auction winners along with prizes for the “Best Dressed,” “Best Suspect,” “Best Performer”, “Best Detectives,” and “Worst Detectives.” Thanks to generous sponsors and a caring community, the event was a “phenomenal success” stated Robano-Gross. “We are already discussing plans for next year’s event and what the theme will be.” Stay tuned!

To learn more about Options for Community Living, Inc. and how you can support its mission, visit or call a member of the Development Department at (631) 361-9020.