TerryLee Ropchan, executive director of Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, was busy on Sunday marking down items at the centre’s second annual garage sale. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

TerryLee Ropchan, executive director of Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, was busy on Sunday marking down items at the centre’s second annual garage sale. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Garage sale a growing fundraiser for Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre

Centre’s next event is Charity Checkstop on Oct. 2

Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre’s garage sale was a huge hit with bargain hunters on the weekend.

A steady stream of customers dropped by on Sunday when the cost of items was reduced by 50 per cent, but plenty of people scoured tables throughout the three-day sale at the Pidherney Centre.

“I had about 200 people waiting outside on Thursday to get in when we first opened so we were pretty busy right off the bat,” said Denis Grace, programs and services co-ordinator with the centre.

“We’re very thankful for all the donations we got over the summer. We’ve got tons of people who donated.”

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The centre’s first ever garage sale was held in 2020 and executive director TerryLee Ropchan said the sale was noticeably busier this year.

Organizers hope to raise about $15,000. Sale proceeds will fund local crime prevention programs and initiatives.

“We’d like to do this every year and see it grow every year,” added Ropchan, who said the sale is becoming a major fundraiser for the centre.

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This summer the centre hosted 25 community events, including several 529 Garage Bike Registry events. The free, online bike registry, used by communities and law enforcement across North America, helps deter bike theft.

Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre’s next community event is a Charity Checkstop on Oct. 2 to support the Coats 4 Kids campaign and the crime prevention centre.



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