Hendersonville Crime Stoppers will hold its 10th annual golf tournament fundraiser Sept. 20 at Bluegrass Country Club. The tournament is open to golfers of any age and provides a spectacular outing, lunch and prizes for multiple flights along with door prizes donated by local businesses.
There are also prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt and a separate putting contest on the practice green.
“This tournament is our primary fundraiser each year,” said Hendersonville Crime Stoppers President Andrew Felder. “These funds go directly to tipsters who provide details that ultimately lead to an arrest.”
This year, golfers have four opportunities to win a vehicle with a hole-in-one courtesy of Hallmark Hyundai.
The tournament was forced to cancel in 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic and social distancing mandates.
“We’ve been blessed with consistent support from the business community and individuals that are committed to supporting HPD and keeping Hendersonville a safe place to live,” Felder added.
Since Hendersonville Crime Stoppers began in 2010, tips from the general public have resulted in arrests, charges and convictions for drugs, thefts, burglaries and other illegal activity.
Citizens submit tips anonymously by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at (615) 573--5400. Tips may also be submitted by texting the tip to 274637 using the keyboard TIPHPD. A third way for citizens to submit tips is by going to www.crimereports.com All tips are anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest and charges, cash rewards are then distributed in a way to protect the tipster’s identity. No personal information is necessary to submit tips or receive the reward.
In fact, tipsters are advised to never disclose their identity to anyone, even a police officer. How are rewards paid out without knowing the identity of the tipster?
• A citizen submits a tip through phone call, text or through the Crime Reports website.
• The tipster is given a number that will be used for any communications with investigators.
• Once an arrest is made and charges filed, Crime Stoppers will set up a meeting in a secure location.
• The tipster is given a code number or word they will relay to the person paying the reward.
• Once it is confirmed, the tipster is handed the award in cash. No other information is required at the drop-off location.
Hendersonville Crime Stoppers is a 501 c3 non-profit organization. To sign up a team for this year’s tournament you may contact Andrew Felder at 615-480-9702. Entry fees are $100 per golfer, $400 per team. Sponsorships are still available.