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Annual BASH golf tournament donates funds to Meals on Wheels, Crime Stoppers

Annual BASH golf tournament donates funds to Meals on Wheels, Crime Stoppers
August 27
10:27 2022

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

On Thursday afternoon, some of the Copperleaf Properties staff gathered at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center to present checks to two local organizations with the funds raised through the 2022 BASH Invitational Golf Tournament in July.

Copperleaf and BASH (Build A Safer Hometown) raised $11,000 this year and chose to split the funds between Stephens County TX Crime Stoppers and the Stephens County Meals on Wheels program, with each organization receiving $5,500.

The fundraising event included a golf tournament at the Breckenridge Country Club and the annual BASH Celebration event at Chandelier Ridge. The funds are raised each year through the tournament entry fees, celebration tickets, sponsorships, a silent auction and other donations.

Carolyn Moore, representing Copperleaf Properties and Crime Stoppers, said the event organizers wanted to share funds this year beyond Crime Stoppers and chose Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to home-bound residents twice a week. (Stephens Memorial Hospital’s Senior Meals programs delivers meals on the other three weekdays.)

Meals on Wheels serves meals to about 75 people in Stephens County every Tuesday and Thursday, said Peggy Holder with local group. “This will definitely help us out,” she said.

The Stephens County TX Crime Stoppers program was launched in 2019 and has resulted in the capture of at least 28 suspects who were wanted by local law enforcement agencies.

Currently, there are 10 suspects listed on the Crime Stoppers website, Their crimes range from theft to drug-related activities. Other charges include assault on a public servant, tampering with evidence and assault/family violence. Additionally, there are several unsolved crimes listed without specific suspects, such as various thefts, including cattle theft; home and business burglaries; and vandalism.

Through the end of September, the local Crime Stoppers organization is paying double the reward, up to $2,000, for anonymous crime tips that lead to an arrest. According to the website, rewards usually range from $25 to $1,000 and are paid in cash. Every reward is approved by the Board of Directors, which is composed of community members who oversee the program and work to raise funds.

The identity of anyone who calls in with a tip remains anonymous. After they provide information, tipsters are given a number that they use to collect the cash reward when it has been approved. The process for collecting the reward also allows the tipster to remain anonymous.

There are three ways for crime tips to be submitted:

  • Calling the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 877-500-TIPS (8477). Your information will be taken by a non-local professional call center. The information is relayed to one of two designated coordinators with either the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office or the Breckenridge Police Department.
  • Clicking the “Submit a Tip” button on the Crime Stoppers website,
  • Downloading the P3 Tips App on any smartphone or tablet and using the app to report crime tips.

Copperleaf Properties staff present a check for $5,500 to the Stephens County TX Crime Stoppers organization on Friday, Aug. 20. The money was raised through a charity golf tournament hosted by Copperleaf. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan) 

Cutline, top photo: The Copperleaf Properties staff presents a check for $5,500 to Peggy Holder for the Stephens County Meals on Wheels program. The money was raised through the 2022 BASH Invitational Golf Tournament earlier this year. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan) 

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