Shooting for a Cause

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

June 2, 2007

A fundraiser helped to raise money for crime prevention on Saturday. You could say they were shooting to raise money for the good cause.

“I thought it would be a little change from the typical fundraiser," said Crime Stoppers treasurer Fred Payne. "People are using the golf matches and things like that."

There were no clubs or golf balls in sight, only guns and ammo.

“We call this a fun shoot, and what we're doing is, we're inviting people to come and shoot shotguns,” said Payne.

However, there is a charitable reason behind firing all the rounds. Money raised goes to Crime Stoppers which helps get wanted people off the streets.

“The purpose of Crime Stoppers is to provide a hotline for people to call with tips on crimes,” said Payne.

If your anonymous tip leads to an arrest and conviction, you can pocket reward money. Each month, Crime Stoppers usually pays out two rewards. They can range from $100 to some serious cash.

“We have a couple of very large dedicated rewards that haven't been paid out yet, and they can be up to 20,000 dollars,” Payne said.

Some of the biggest supporters of Saturday's fundraiser were area police. University, Charlottesville and Albemarle County Police Departments teamed up to help out.

“It’s just something fun for us to do,” said Lt. Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department.

“They support us as a police agency, and I felt that it was important to give some of my time back to support them and their efforts in raising money as well,” Lt. Greg Jenkins of the Albemarle County Police Department.

“It's nice to be down here and shoot at something and not get shot at," said David Prevus of the University Police Department. "I think that's a wonderful thing for all the policemen. They don't have to worry about ducking today."

This is the third year Crime Stoppers held the event. Organizers say they will do it again next year.

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