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Crimestoppers plays matchmaker for local singles

Julie Imada-Howard Eagle Correspondent

The Eagle County Crimestoppers program does more than help nab criminals. It also arranges dates, at least for one night.

Crimestoppers, which began in Eagle County in 1986, offers citizens cash rewards for tips leading to the arrest of criminals and the solving of crimes. It is staffed by a volunteer board.

This year as part of the group’s annual fund-raising effort, the Crimestoppers program is organizing a benefit bachelor and bachelorette auction, with single members of the valley’s emergency service agencies up for bit. The idea was taken from the popularity of “reality” bachelor and bachelorette shows, says Tanny McGinnis, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office crime prevention officer and Crimestoppers coordinator.

“People in the community have taken a real interest in emergency service personnel over the past few years,” said McGinnis. “They want to know who they are, how they work, how they think. To me as a citizen, this is like having a date with a hero. They are all heroes whether they are a dispatcher, ski patrol, search and rescue.

“This is a fun and safe way to get to know your local emergency service people,” McGinnis says.

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The auction event is set for April 1 at Tom’s Turkey Farm at the Lionshead Lodge in Vail. The evening’s events will include the bachelor auction, a silent auction, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Master of ceremonies for the evening is KZYR’s Tony Mauro.

The program also raises money through City Market grocery cards. Shoppers have the option of asking the store to donate their card savings to the program. The donation is made by City Market. Individual donations are also welcome, of course, and all proceeds raised fund tip rewards, scholarships for local youth, board training for the program and maintenance of the tips lines.

Crimestoppers also organizes monthly seminars for residents and local businesses. Topics include business safety and check fraud prevention as well as neighborhood safety and emergency preparation training for private schools and child care centers.

To date, Crimestoppers tips have led to the clearing of one third of the county’s valid arrest warrants. Some of the crimes that have been resolved include failure to appear charges, violent or alcohol-related crimes, and white-collar crimes including embezzlement and fraud.

This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

Contacting Crimestoppers

The Crimestoppers tip line is 328-7007 or 1-800-962-TIPS. For more information about the bachelor auction, to make a donation to the silent auction or to the Crimestoppers program or for more information about the prevention program, call Tanny McGinnis at (put the sheriff’s number here). Donations can also be mailed to Crimestoppers, P.O. Box 1616, Eagle, CO 81631.

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