Sheriff David Gee and Reginald Roundtree of Channel 10 news plan to participate in this year’s annual charity golf tournament for Crimestoppers to be held at River Hills Country Club on October 7.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based program designed to bring law enforcement, the news media and the citizens closer together in an effort to combat crime, is gearing up for its 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held Thursday, October 7.
The event, which has in the past been held at various golf clubs throughout the county, is scheduled to take place at the River Hills Golf and Country Club, located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico, featuring lunch provided by Jaymer-Q Southern BBQ  and Ms. Cyndi’s Corner Café as well as contests, raffles, door prizes and dinner. 
“This is an event that we are looking forward to supporting each year,” said Jaymer Holcombe, owner of Jaymer-Q BBQ. “It is our way of showing our appreciation to the local law enforcement who come out to enjoy a day of golf.”    
Event registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and will cost $90 per player ($360 for a foursome).  A shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m.
“Proceeds from the event will help further our public awareness campaign in the community,” said Crime Stoppers secretary Cindy Wilson. 
Wilson emphasized the importance of the organization when she said that, with the economic crisis, law enforcement depends on Crime Stoppers more than ever to help locate fugitives and those engaged in criminal activity.
“We provide a means for the public and/ or students to provide information, while remaining anonymous,” she said. “If the tip leads to an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward.  Crime Stoppers takes tips on all types of crimes, including animal cruelty, terrorism and human trafficking, as well as crimes that have not yet been committed.”  
All public, middle and senior high schools in Hillsborough and Pasco counties are also supported by these events.
Since the inception of the Campus Crime Stoppers program in 1998, anonymous tips from students have resulted in 1,061 arrests, clearing 1,368 criminal cases and the seizure of $173,471 in narcotics and stolen property. 
“The effectiveness of this program is evident,” Wilson said, adding that as a result of donations and other fundraising events, such as the annual golf tournament, law enforcement agencies have made more than 2,440 arrests while clearing some 8,223 cases since its 1988 inception along with the recovering of $4,797,195 in stolen property and illegal drugs.
For more information about Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay and the 10th Annual Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament, please call 685-4473, e-mail, or visit The Crime Stoppers of Tampa bay hotline is 1 (800) 873-TIPS.

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