Get a clue, go to the zoo


Event co-chair and Crosswinds board member Lt. Andrew Walters, second from the left, introduces crime scene technicians from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

In what promises to be a creative and fun way to give back to the community, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey wants to deputize you to solve a crime at the second annual “Clue at the Zoo,” a Safari Mystery fundraising event for Crosswinds Youth Services Saturday, Sept. 17 at Brevard Zoo.

Guest detectives will be invited to put their CSI skills to the test and try to identify the mystery villain. Various crime scenes and clues will be present throughout the zoo. Guests will be given time to examine each scene, question each other and come to a conclusion of “who done it.” One guest detective’s ticket will be drawn for a grand prize. 

Summit Shah, left, and Lt. Andrew Walters are vice chair and member of the Crosswinds board of directors and co-chairs of Clue at the Zoo.“With the collaboration of the Sheriff’s Office, Crimeline and local law enforcement agencies, this event is fun and exciting — everybody loves a mystery,” Crosswinds president and CEO Jan Lokay said. “We are always grateful for the strong support of our community, and we are looking forward to additional sponsors and food vendors partnering with us for this event to help meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable children and youth who come to Crosswinds in time of crisis.”

Proceeds of the event will benefit Crosswinds Youth Services, a nonprofit organization in Cocoa that provides emergency shelter for children across Brevard age 10 to 17, as well as counseling, case management, transitional living and other services for youth in crisis and their families. Crosswinds’ mission, creating opportunities for young people to succeed,  embodies the organization’s primary goal of helping young people reach their full potential regardless of any barriers or challenges they have faced. VV  

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are available at various benefit levels from $500 to $10,000. For more information, call Misty Campbell at 321-452-0800, ext. 205.