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FAIRHOPE - The second-annual Mystery Dinner Theatre hosted by The Guardians of Children's of Alabama will take place at the Fairhope Yacht Club (101 Volanta Ave.) on Friday, Jan. 13.

The evening will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a cash bar. After dinner a special performance will be given by the theatrical group La Luna Players, who will perform the comedic murder mystery "Unhappy Hour." The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased online at

The Guardians are named in honor of the "Guardian," a boat that protects other boats during regattas held at the Fairhope Yacht Club. The name "Guardian" seemed fitting for this group of about eight people, formed out of the Club, wanting to guard and protect the children of Alabama, Benson said. All members of The Guardians have in some way been touched by Children's, and the formation of this group is their way of raising awareness and giving back.

"We're excited about this event and really looking forward to hosting," stated Kerrie Benson of Children's. "We think this will be something truly unique for bay area residents to enjoy, and of course a great way to support area children in the process."

This event is inspired by Katie Hamlin of Daphne, a Children's patient, who became sick after her sophomore year at Daphne High School and spent eight months at Children's suffering from a collapsed lung, multiple strokes and remained in a coma for most of her stay. Katie will be attending the Dinner Theatre as the guest of honor.

Last year Children's saw patients from every county in Alabama, including 1,500 from Mobile and Baldwin counties alone.

Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children's Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children's is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. For more information, visit, or

For more information, contact Benson at or 251-610-4969.