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 gun-slinging 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."

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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