WARNER ROBINS — In 2009, Macon Regional CrimeStoppers tipsters offered information leading to the arrests of 151 people from Crawford, Peach and Houston counties on various charges. More than $12,000 in stolen property was recovered, and more than $11,000 worth of drugs was seized, according to CrimeStoppers’ figures.
Those tips, which resulted in a payout of about $24,000 in rewards, were made possible because of donations to the nonprofit organization, according to Jack Steed of the Rotary Club of Centerville.
The club is hosting the fourth annual David Pierce Memorial Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight Hangar to benefit CrimeStoppers and its Student CrimeStoppers programs. Pierce served as a Houston County Magistrate Court judge and as an assistant governor over the Rotary Club district that includes Centerville.
Convinced that CrimeStoppers is a valuable program to the Middle Georgia community, the Centerville club sponsors the luncheon as its community service project, Steed said. The club also asks business owners, groups and individuals to sponsor tables for the event to raise funds for CrimeStoppers.
Sponsorship levels range from $250 for two tickets to the event, to $5,000 for 20 tickets. Tables can be added quickly for the luncheon due to the size of the venue, Steed said.
Durwood Fincher, “Mr. Double Talk,” a corporate speaker and entertainer who is a Middle Georgia native, will provide the entertainment, Steed said.
In addition to raising funds for a worthy cause, the luncheon also affords CrimeStoppers an opportunity to thank those who support the group.
“Without their help, it wouldn’t be near as successful as it is,” said Robert Martin, CrimeStoppers executive director.
The program allows callers to remain anonymous when submitting tips on wanted people in an eight-county area and receive up to $1,000 upon the wanted person’s arrest. The average reward is about $145, Martin said.
Last year, the club raised $16,000 for CrimeStoppers, Steed said.
The counties served by CrimeStoppers are Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and Twiggs.
For information, contact CrimeStoppers board member Mark Waters at 957-5804, or CrimeStoppers administrative assistant Casey Barfield at 742-2330.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.