Fam­ily Cri­sis Cen­ter raises nearly $25,000 with fundraiser

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

The Fam­ily Cri­sis Cen­ter of Ca­toosa, Walker, Dade, and Chat­tooga Coun­ties (FCC) had its big­gest day of the year on Satur­day, March 18, when it raised nearly $25,000 dur­ing its an­nual mys­tery din­ner fundraiser.

The event, which was held at the Walker County Civic Cen­ter, is de­signed to help the cen­ter pro­vide care and shel­ter to women and chil­dren who fall vic­tim to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Satur­day’s show marked the third year in a row that the Cen­ter went with the mys­tery din­ner show as its pri­mary fundraiser, and the “Yee-Haw Jam­boree” didn’t dis­ap­point.

“This has been a big hit for us the pre­vi­ous two years, and this one was a lot of fun too,” said FCC direc­tor Kristy Law­son. “We’ve got a ‘Hee-Haw’ theme mixed in with ‘The Andy Grif­fith Show’, and even ‘Fam­ily Feud’.”

The even fea­tured live mu­sic pro­vided by the Blue Thun­der Blue­grass Band, and in­cluded com­edy skits and lip-sync mu­si­cal per­for­mances by com­mu­nity lead­ers that made for a fan­tas­tic evening.

Lo­cal ra­dio per­son­al­ity Bobby Daniels and Ca­toosa County Com­mis­sioner Jim Cut­ler hosted the fes­tiv­i­ties as com­edy duo “Buck and Chuck Gil­roy,” while nu­mer­ous other com­mu­nity lead­ers and law en­force­ment mem­bers por­trayed a va­ri­ety of crazy char­ac­ters.

Ca­toosa County Sher­iff Gary Sisk and Look­out Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit Public De­fender David Dunn faced off as two fam­ily pa­tri­archs in a gun­sling­ing feud, while Walker County Sher­iff Steve Wil­son and Walker County Schools Su­per­in­ten­dant Da­mon Raines gave the au­di­ence a dose of May­berry as “Andy Tay­lor” and “Bar­ney Fife.”

Ca­toosa County Coro­ner Vanita Hul­len­der, Fort Oglethorpe City Coun­cil­woman Paula Stin­nett, Rossville Mayor Teddy Har­ris, ra­dio per­son­al­ity Kim Car­son, and var­i­ous oth­ers also took part.

Ac­cord­ing to Law­son, the event raised $16,301 in ta­ble spon­sor­ships, and an ad­di­tional $8,600 in do­na­tions.

“When you add that up and sub­tract the $861 we spent in ex­penses, we raised a to­tal of $24,220,” Law­son said. “We’re very ex­cited about it, and can’t thank enough the peo­ple who vol­un­teered their time to help put on the show.”

Pro­ceeds from the event will help the FCC pro­vide shel­ter, food, cloth­ing, and other ne­ces­si­ties for women and chil­dren vic­tim­ized by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“The fund­ing not only helps us to have a match for some of our grant fund­ing that we re­ceive, but it al­lows us to pro­vide spe­cific needs for the shel­ter and the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims and their chil­dren that we serve.”

For the third year in a row, Ring­gold main­te­nance man Dex­ter Co­ley (left) and Fort Oglethorpe city coun­cil lady Paula Stin­nett went all out as their char­ac­ters. Co­ley dou­bled as a corn­field jokester, and then later as coun­try mu­sic le­gend Ge­orge Jones, while Stin­nett was the night’s cul­prit as Loretta Lynn. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

The “Yee-Haw Jam­boree” of­fered a ‘Hee-Haw’-style va­ri­ety show, which fea­tured com­edy, mu­sic, and sketches. Ring­gold em­ployee Dex­ter Co­ley and Ca­toosa County Coro­ner Vanita Hul­len­der of­fer up some laughs as “Benny and Jenny” pop­ping up in the corn­field. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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