The Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa & Chattooga Counties held its annual fundraiser event Saturday night, April 16, and treated those in attendance to a fun night of entertainment with its “Rockin’ 80’s Mystery Dinner Show.”

Numerous community members got together for the great cause, which raised about $17,000 in donations for the non-profit organization while also showing off the acting and musical talents in a competitive Rock of Ages-type show.

The show featured musical performances from various artists and celebrities that were big during the 1980s such as Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Joan Jett, Kiss, Steven Tyler, Robert Palmer, and numerous others.

The show was co-hosted by Catoosa County Commissioner Jim Cutler who acted as long-time “Star Search” host Ed McMahon and real-life local DJ Bobby Daniels who played Casey Kasem.

Catoosa Sheriff Gary Sisk and his family donned their rock gear and face paint to perform as Kiss, while Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson performed as Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen.”

Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood became an instant fan favorite with his wonderful performance as Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Millwood also had his wife and four daughters with him as his band mates.

The fundraiser was designed to help raise money for the shelter, which provides care each year for women and children affected by domestic violence.

In addition to the ticket sales, donations were made during the event, and a silent auction was held.

Attendees were also able to purchase Rubic’s cube table centerpieces, which included ‘80s-themed music and movies, as well as gift certificates.

With more than 175 people in attendance, the event raised thousands of dollars.

“It was a great night and this was a really fun show,” said Kristy Lawson, the center’s director. “The people involved and our volunteers made this great night possible.”

After looking for an annual signature fundraiser for awhile, the group scored a hit last year with its “Night at the Oscars Dinner Show,” which prompted them to keep the mystery-style show that so well received.

The sold-out show kept the audience entertained from beginning to end as Cutler’s Ed McMahon and Daniels’ Casey Kasem battled each other by sending up various acts competing in the singing competition. During the awards ceremony, it was learned that one of the night’s acts cheated by lip-syncing through their act; it was later determined that Elvis was the culprit, but only after a number of audience members were put through a ringer of questioning by a goofy house detective.

Aside from all the fun and music, the community’s support for such a worthy cause was the highlight of the evening.

“The funds raised are for the overall Family Crisis Center and the women and children of domestic violence that we serve for our four counties,” Lawson said. “It was a fun night, but we also want to remember the seriousness of why we’re here and the cause our facility serves.”

For more information about how to donate, or the crisis center in general, go online to or call 706-375-7180.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at

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