The 2012 Blue Jean Ball to benefit Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is planned for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Atlanta History Center’s Tullie Smith Farm. The denim-attired event features music and barbecue while raising funds to solve crimes.
Event chairs are Thad Ellis, senior vice president at Cousins Properties; and Tom Ratchford, founder of Formulytics, both of whom serve on the board of Crime Stoppers.
“The Blue Jean Ball is a great night of fun and a way for citizens to come together and take an active role in keeping neighborhoods safe,” Ellis said in a statement. “You can network with like-minded people and businesses who also are investing in the safety of our community.”
The 2011 Blue Jean Ball raised more than $65,000, proceeds which were used for crime prevention and which helped lead to 32 arrests of criminal suspects, event organizers said. This year’s fundraising goal is $100,000. Sponsors include SunTrust Bank Atlanta, the David and Jennifer Kahn Family Foundation, United Distributors, Georgia Power Company, Private Bank of Buckhead and Sarah and Sean O’Brien.
“By pledging early, strong support, our sponsors are helping ensure the evening will accomplish its ultimate goal: having a direct impact in taking criminals off the street,” Hala Moddelmog, president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, said in a statement. She and her husband Steve are the event’s honorary chairs. “While our purpose for the organization and the evening is quite serious, we’re pleased that the event will be a relaxed good time.”
Individual tickets start at $125. For information or reservations contact Lauren Abbott at LAbbott@AtlantaPoliceFoundation.org or 404-586-0180<tel:404-586-0180.
Crime Stoppers, a program of the Atlanta Police Foundation, helps the Atlanta Police Department by providing monetary rewards to anonymous tipsters whose information leads to arrests. The number of tips received increased from 843 in 2007 to 1,848 in 2011.
Since 2007, Crime Stoppers tipsters’ helped lead to more than 393 arrests, with 89 homicides solved, 91 burglars and armed robbers captured and 24 suspects arrested on rape or sexual assault charges, according to the organization. Crime Stoppers also reports that more than 31 illegal guns have been confiscated and more than $319,000 in stolen property and seized drugs have been confiscated through its tipster program.
For more information see its web site.