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Harlem Ambassadors team up with Crime Stoppers


Harlem Ambassadors team up with Crime Stoppers
The Harlem Ambassadors will present a fun-filled, family-friendly event Thursday, Jan. 31, to help raise awareness and funds for Crime Stoppers of Wilson County. The Ambassadors promote staying in school, staying off drugs, and fostering racial harmony.


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FLORESVILLE -- Families looking for wholesome, energetic entertainment that also benefits the community should look no further than the Floresville High School gymnasium Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. That is when the Harlem Ambassadors will be in town, participating in a show basketball event that will benefit Crime Stoppers of Wilson County.

Crime Stoppers’ board President Marrie Aldridge said the funds raised will benefit the organization’s operation fund, which finances its day-to-day functions, such as administration, recurring software expenses, and call-center fees. Crime Stoppers’ restricted fund is used to fund rewards for information that anonymous tipsters provide to help law-enforcement agencies solve crimes.

“[Crime Stoppers] is the only avenue for people to give information and remain totally anonymous,” said Aldridge, a retired Texas Ranger. “There’s nothing else like it.”

Tipsters who contact Crime Stoppers via telephone, online, or through a text message are given a code number that will be used to claim their cash reward if the information results in an arrest, recovery of stolen property, or the safe return of a missing person. Aldridge reminds residents that Crime Stoppers never will ask for a tipster’s name and that operators have no way of determining the identity of those who provide information. Furthermore, Crime Stoppers’ records cannot be obtained through a court subpoena.

Those wishing to contact Crime Stoppers can:

•Dial 830-393-INFO (4636).

•Text the word “MONEY,” along with the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), from a cellular telephone. Standard messaging rates apply.

•Visit bit.ly/NDrIut and click “Submit a Web Tip.”

January has been designated by Gov. Rick Perry as Crime Stoppers Month in Texas. According to his proclamation, anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers programs in the state have led to 175,000 arrests and $1.2 billion in property recovered and narcotics seized since 1976.

The Harlem Ambassadors, formed in 1997, is a coed show basketball team. According to its mission statement, the team presents shows that are “designed to be fun for customers of all ages, with youngsters being awed for the first time and older folks enjoying the tried-and-true gags like a rerun of a favorite comedy movie.”

“The Ambassadors’ operation is professional in all aspects,” the mission statement continues. “In addition to having a wholesome family entertainment product, we are also good citizens and willing role models for youth, promoting the values of staying in school, staying off drugs and fostering racial harmony.”

The Ambassadors will face off against the “Tipsters,” a team of local residents, business owners, and elected officials, who are sponsored locally by organizations such as H-E-B and the Wilson County News. Among those scheduled to take to the court is Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney.

Tickets for the game are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Children younger than 4 years old are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Wilson County News in Floresville, Commerce Bank Texas in Stockdale, the Floresville Alternative Education Center, and La Vernia High School.

Read more about the Harlem Ambassadors and the athletes they will face in Floresville, in next week’s Wilson County News.

Crime Stoppers

Residents with information about crimes can anonymously submit tips to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County. Tips that lead to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, or the safe return of a missing person could yield a cash reward. To submit tips:

•Dial 830-393-INFO (4636).

•Text the word “MONEY,” along with the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), from a cellular telephone. Standard messaging rates apply.

•Visit bit.ly/NDrIut and click “Submit a Web Tip.”
 

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January 17, 2013 5:07pm
 
This is going to be a hoot. And it will benefit a good cause and it will be good family entertainment.

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