Gift certificate package raises funds for Crime Stoppers

The Central Alberta Association of Crime Stoppers has launched a fundraising campaign that could see donors save upwards of $1,300. The local chapter has teamed up with B.C.-based Rocky Mountain Marketing to produce a gift certificate package filled with 23 coupons for deals at Central Alberta businesses.

The Central Alberta Association of Crime Stoppers has launched a fundraising campaign that could see donors save upwards of $1,300.

The local chapter has teamed up with B.C.-based Rocky Mountain Marketing to produce a gift certificate package filled with 23 coupons for deals at Central Alberta businesses.

“Not only does it support Crime Stoppers, it supports your local community,” said Deb Mann, vice-chairperson of the Crime Stoppers, Central Alberta Association.

Rocky Mountain Marketing associates started selling packages on Friday.

The coupon booklets are $25 each plus tax and the local Crime Stoppers chapter will receive 20 per cent of each sale.

Mann would like to see all of the packages sold to raise around $25,000.

Bruce Baron, operations officer with Rocky Mountain Marketing, said the booklet offers deals from businesses in Red Deer, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Innisfail.

There are coupons for restaurants, tanning, golfing, fitness, bowling, martial arts, beauty salons, dog day care, dog grooming, dog obedience training, a free oil change and more.

Total coupon savings add up to roughly $1,370.

Associates will be selling the gift certificate packages for the next few months by going door-to-door in Red Deer and surrounding Central Alberta communities.

They will be wearing bright yellow jackets with the Crime Stoppers logo on one side and Rocky Mountain Marketing on the other. They will also have photo identification.

Associates will only be selling gift certificate packages. They will not ask for donations and they will not accept donations.

Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization, relies on fundraising to pay the cash rewards it offers for tips that lead to an arrest, recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs, Mann said. Funds also help cover the costs associated with marketing materials.

Rocky Mountain Marketing, which has assumed all the costs associated with producing the gift certificate package, has worked with various Crime Stoppers chapters in Alberta and British Columbia.

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