Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, Crime Stoppers Board Member Becky Morris said the fundraising event offers the public an opportunity to show gratitude to local law enforcement. "The focus is on saying thank you."
With two seatings -- the first at 8 a.m. and the second at 9 -- patrons will be served a flapjack breakfast at Applebee's, 185 Cherokee Place, Cartersville. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance. Members of law enforcement eat free, with the public encouraged to purchase an extra ticket to cover the cost. All tickets come with a $5 coupon toward a future meal at Applebee's.
"So breakfast actually costs $2," Morris said. "Our goal is to sell 400 [tickets]."
With $5 of each ticket sold going to Crime Stoppers, Morris hopes to sell out, which would raise $2,000 for the organization.
Tickets may be purchased from any Crime Stoppers board member or by contacting Morris at 678-848-6194. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The organization will participate in two events this week -- National Night Out tonight from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Target and Saturday's Cartersville's Downtown Summer Concert Series and car cruize from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Cartersville -- with tickets available for purchase at the agency's booth.
Started in 2006, the local Crime Stoppers organization accepts anonymous information on all suspected criminal activity, past or present, through the tip line at 770-606-8477 (TIPS), and provides anonymously retrieved rewards. Through the use of a personal identification number, tips -- which range from $50 to $1,000 depending on the severity of the crime -- are retrieved by unnamed tipsters at local banks.
Crime Stoppers forwards information gathered from those calls to participating law enforcement agencies -- the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and the Cartersville, Adairsville, Emerson, Euharlee, Kingston and White police departments.