Fam­ily Cri­sis Cen­ter’s fundraiser din­ner show brings in big­gest amount to date


It’s been an en­ter­tain­ing few years for the Fam­ily Cri­sis Cen­ter of Walker, Dade, Ca­toosa, and Chat­tooga Coun­ties in the fundrais­ing depart­ment.

The lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, which of­fers shelter and re­sources to women and chil­dren af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, be­gan host­ing a Mys­tery Din­ner Show fundraiser in 2015. The an­nual event cul­mi­nated into its big­gest show ever Satur­day night, March 24, with more than $28,000 raised.

“This has been our big­gest event by far,” said Di­rec­tor Kristy Law­son. “We had over 300 guests in at­ten­dance.”

The show “Happy Days, Again,” cre­ated a big 1950s at­mos­phere with com­mu­nity lead­ers, elected of­fi­cials, and mem­bers of law en­force­ment play­ing char­ac­ters from both the “Happy Days” TV show and the mu­si­cal “Grease”.

No­table ap­pear­ances in­cluded Ring­gold Mayor Nick Mill­wood and Fort Oglethorpe City Coun­cil­woman Paula Stin­nett as “Danny Zuko” and “Sandra Dee” from “Grease,” Ca­toosa County Sher­iff Gary Sisk as “Fonzie,” as well as lo­cal DJ Bobby Daniels team­ing up with Ca­toosa County Com­mis­sioner Jim Cut­ler to play “Amer­i­can Band­stand” hosts Dick Clark and Char­lie O’Don­nell.

“It was a lot of fun, and I think ev­ery­one was ex­cited to be there and en­joyed the night with lots of laugh­ter,” Law­son said.

The in­au­gu­ral show fea­tured a night at the Academy Awards sto­ry­line, fol­lowed by a Rock n’ Roll ‘80s mu­si­cal theme in 2016, a “Hee-Haw Jam­boree” va­ri­ety show last year, and then the “Happy Days, Again” in­stall­ment Satur­day night.

We had $18,563 to­taled in ta­ble sales, si­lent auc­tion and an All State grant, and then we had $9,500 in “in kind” dona­tions for a to­tal of $28,063.

The amount raised has in­creased over the last four years in from $19,035 to Satur­day’s $28,063.

“We can’t thank the com­mu­nity enough for com­ing to­gether and sup­port­ing The Fam­ily Cri­sis Cen­ter of Walker, Dade, Ca­toosa & Chat­tooga Coun­ties Inc.,” Law­son said. “We thank them for sup­port­ing our mis­sion to pro­vide tem­po­rary refuge or shelter, cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port ser­vices, ad­vo­cacy, pre­ven­tion and com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion as ap­pro­pri­ate to as­sist vic­tims of do­mes­tic or fam­ily vi­o­lence.”

Ca­toosa County Sher­iff Gary Sisk (cen­ter stage) shows off his cool as “Fonzie” dur­ing the “Happy Days, Again” Mys­tery Din­ner Show Satur­day, March 24. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Fort Oglethorpe City Coun­cil­woman Paula Stin­nett (left) and Ring­gold Mayor Nick Mill­wood looked the parts of “Sandra Dee” and “Danny Zuko” from “Grease.” (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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