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Events and Fund Raisers

Crimestoppers/Drugbusters of Southwest Oklahoma has several major fundraisers each year. The first fundraiser is the Annual Membership Drive conducted January through April. Anyone who did not have an opportunity to join then can join at any time. Individual memberships are $25.00 and business memberships begin at $100.00. Several contributors give $500.00 or more. For each $50.00 donation, members will receive a Crimestopper/Drugbuster's supporter decal to place on the windshield of their car or the door to their business. Anyone who would like to be a supporting member can contact Mary Odum at the Lawton Police Office by calling 581-3240. If you would like to mail a donation to Crime Stoppers, please send your check or money order (please do not send cash) to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 923, Lawton, OK, 73502. Please note in the mailing if it is a donation or a membership.

The second major fundraiser is the "Moonlight Walk Against Drugs". This event produces greater citizen participation than any similar event in Southwest Oklahoma. There have been more than 10,000 walkers in each of the last 2 years. You do not have to purchase anything to participate! However, this is the event that raises the majority of reward monies for information that gets drug dealers off of our streets.

The event is held at the walking trail at Elmer Thomas Park located at 6th and Ferris. The course is roughly 2 miles long. The event is truly a community affair with soldiers in uniform, civilian citizens, and school children unifying in an effort to make a statement against illegal drugs in our area. Entire units from Fort Sill, complete staffs from civilian businesses, and school leaders join together to walk. Most area radio stations, television stations, and the newspaper are present to record the event. Prizes are randomly awarded to participants. Refreshments are available for purchase. Volunteers including Boy Scout troops, the Police Explorer Post, and others patrol the course to ensure no need is left unattended. Participants leave inspired that there are so many others, who like them, want drugs out of our area. Besides being good clean exercise, it is also just a lot of FUN!

The annual event is held in October beginning at 7:00 p.m. for young children and their parents. The ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the walk for adults is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Police units from many surrounding communities line the departure point along with crossed cannons provided by Fort Sill. Each year a new T-shirt design is selected. This year's composition features a design created by T&S Printing in Lawton. Business leaders, corporate executives, and concerned citizens sponsor the event by purchasing advertisement space on the back of the T-shirt for $500.00. At least 20 sponsors are needed to make this event a success. If your business or those with whom you do business are not listed, why not see if they won't support this worthy cause?

The T-shirts are then sold for a modest amount to cover the production costs. Revenue from the t-shirt sales and any excess monies from the sponsors are what pays for the rewards when callers provide information leading to the arrest of and the filing of felony charges against drug offenders. This year the cost for a T-shirt is $10.00 and can be bought at Stripes (formally Circle K) business office located at 11th and ā€œDā€ Avenue in Lawton.

Crimestoppers/Drugbusters also conducts Semi-annual Bicycle Auctions. The bicycles to be sold have been recovered by the police department and the owners cannot be identified and/or located. By city ordinance and an agreement between the City of Lawton and the Crimestoppers/Drugbusters program, the proceeds from these auctions, minus any required fees, go to the Crimestoppers/Drugbusters program and the money must be used to pay for rewards.

These auctions normally occur in May of each year and take place in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on N. Sheridan Road at 10:00 a.m. For more information, check the section on coming events.

Occasionally, Crimestoppers/Drugbusters may participate in fundraisers other than those listed. All funds raised go directly to pay for the rewards to callers reporting information that leads to an arrest and felony charges being filed against those committing criminal acts in our society.