HAMLET — Richmond County Crime Stoppers is teaming up with Hamlet Depot and Museums to host its second annual Kick-off to Summer fundraiser.
The event, scheduled for 3-6 p.m. June 9, will coincide with the city’s TGIF Food Trucks, according to Mechelle Preslar, museum director and secretary of the Crime Stoppers board.
Food vendors, which will be on site from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., are set to include Taco Factory, Mama Blair’s, Max’s Millstone BBQ, Everything Rolled and Big D’s Donuts. The Hamlet Police Department will also be giving away snow cones.
There will also be community booths featuring the Richmond County Partnership for Children, both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, the Richmond County Library System and a Medicaid representative.
Preslar said the event itself is free and there will be an inflatable and a gaming truck for the kids, as well as raffle tickets for local business gift cards and a 50/50 raffle for the adults.
In addition to raising money, the purpose of the event is to also raise awareness about the organization, Preslar said.
Crime Stoppers, which is funded through both public and private donations, works with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Hamlet and Rockingham police departments to provide monetary awards for tips leading to arrests and convictions of criminals.
Preslar said all three agencies are supportive and have representatives on the board.
“We are grateful for what these agencies do for Crime Stoppers,” Preslar said.
Tips can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 910-997-5454 or by using the P3 Tips App.
Rockingham Police Chief George Gillenwater said during the presentation of the department’s annual report that tips leading to arrests have quadrupled since the introduction the app.
Preslar said the organization is also still looking to expand its volunteer member base. For more information about joining, contact the group through its Facebook page: Crime Stoppers- Richmond County, NC.