The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade, and Chattooga Counties kept spreading awareness about domestic violence on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, with its annual “Tea and Trends Fashion Show” fundraiser.

The event is the Center’s way of recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month and recognized a Walker County woman who was killed by her husband more than eight years ago.

“It was a great fundraiser for us last year and we’re excited about the great turnout again today,” said Kristy Lawson, the Center’s director. “We’ve wanted to do something to honor Theresa Parker for a long time and we’re excited to finally be doing that. We don’t want people to forget what happened to her.”

Parker was a beloved Walker County 911 dispatcher who was killed by her husband in 2007.

Her husband is currently serving a life sentence for the crime.

Parker’s sister, Christina Hall, was on hand to talk about the importance of realizing the signs of potential abuse that friends and family could be experiencing and stressed urgency in reporting such abuse.

“My sister was really a wonderful woman,” Hall said. “She said ‘it’s not that bad, I can handle it’, but women just don’t realize how much danger they’re really in during situations like that. If you ever think a friend or family member may be involved in a domestic violence situation, you have to say something.”

The event included door prizes, drawings, silent auction, lunch provided by Legendairy Ice Cream and Coffee Shop of Ringgold, musical performances, and a fashion show.

Cato of Fort Oglethorpe donated clothing and helped organize the fashion show in which a number of women and children showcased fall wear, kid’s clothes and business attire.

“We’re so thankful to Cato, Legendairy, and everyone who made this event possible,” Lawson said.

More than 220 people attended the event, and the Center staff also did their part to celebrate the lives of all the people who died due to domestic violence last year by lighting commemorative candles in their honor.

After sharing her own story about Parker, Hall reminded everyone in attendance to look out for his or her loved ones.

“You have to speak up and pay attention to the situation,” Hall said. “It just breaks my hear that other people have do deal with this kind of loss in their lives because of domestic violence.”

For more information about the Family Crisis Center or its upcoming events, visit them online at fccwdcc.org, or give them a call at 706-375-7630.

Adam Cook has been a reporter with the Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., since 2009. He currently covers crime and courts, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe city government, education, and arts and entertainment.

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