On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 6899 in Trinity was filled with the annual Trinity County Crime Stoppers (TCCS) gala’s largest crowd yet. Nearly 300 local Crime Stoppers supporters were present, including 45 law enforcement officers and guests, whose dinner was paid for by TCCS. Between ticket sales for the rib eye steak dinner, the silent auction, the live auction, and cash donations, the event raised approximately $7,000.
Money raised by TCCS goes to support local law enforcement. In 2016 alone, TCCS invested over $7,000 in local law enforcement agencies. Crime Stoppers also provides cash rewards for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of criminals in unsolved cases.
Items available for purchase during the live auction included but were not limited to: a hog trap donated by Lewis Stephens, a Winchester 20 gauge shot gun donated by TCCS, a foosball table donated by Lake Area Welding, and a Windberg painting donated by the Texas Crime Stoppers Director, Elaine Windberg.
Many businesses and individuals in the community showed their support by providing cash donations, including the Trinity and Huntsville Brookshire Brothers stores, which offered food items for a significantly discounted rate. Ray Goodrum of 3G Land and Cattle donated his time to cook the steaks for the evening. The event concluded with a dance and music by Landon Dodd and the Dancehall Drifters featuring Kevin Carter. Trinity High School graduate, Kyle Villarreal, provided musical entertainment during the meal and intermission during the gala. Financial contributions to Crime Stoppers is a cost-effective way to help your community since Crime Stoppers assists law enforcement agencies in doing their jobs without using tax dollars. The organization also provides a way for citizens to partner with local law enforcement and fight crime by anonymously reporting information to help officers.According to a notice from TCCS, “The decline in in the economy reinforces the need for Crime Stoppers. Traditionally, when the economy is bad, crime goes up. There is no better time to support Crime Stoppers than now, when crime is flourishing and law enforcements’ resources are tapped out. Your support is an investment in citizen safety in Trinity County.”If anyone is interested in providing better resources for the local law enforcement, contact TCCS at (936)-662-1502.