The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade & Chattooga Counties is gearing up for it's biggest fundraiser of the year, a mystery dinner show, which will take place at the Walker County Civic Center on Saturday, March 18.

The event, which began its current format in 2015, features an interactive mystery dinner show comprised of elected officials and community leaders acting as crazy characters for the audience's entertainment, while also raising money for a great cause.

"This is the third year for our mystery dinner and it continues to grow," said Family Crisis Cente (FCC) Director Kristy Lawson. "The community loves this event and as soon as it is over I have people wanting to reserve their seats for next year."

During the first year of the event, actors spoofed famous actors attending an Academy Awards event and reenacted scenes from famous films as part of the "A Night at the Oscars" show. Last year the actors polished their singing and lip-syncing chops for the "Rockin' 80s Music Mystery."

This year's event is called "Yee-Haw Jamboree," and will feature comedy, skits, and music in a variety show format similar to the old "Hee-Haw" TV show.

"It's a lot of fun," Lawson said. "The different people from the community that come together to show their acting skills has grown as well and has become a favorite event for them each year. A lot of them love participating and want to continue to do it each year."

In years one and two, Catoosa and Walker county sheriff's Gary Sisk and Steve Wilson have been featured players, as well as Catoosa County commissioner Jim Cutler, Fort Oglethorpe city council lady Paula Stinnett, and Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit public defender David Dunn.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, and will feature dinner, dessert, the show, a silent auction, and door prizes.

Single tickets and tables for the event can be purchased for the event, and local businesses are encouraged to contact the FCC if they'd like to donate items for the silent auction.

Proceed 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."

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 acook@npco.com.