Quick takes – April 15th

Good cause supported well

The annual fundraiser to benefit an agency that helps children who have been victims of abuse and neglect continues to hit a high note in its support.

Crooners for CASA drew about 250 people to The Commons in downtown Columbus on April 8, when the fourth edition of the musical event raised nearly $50,000. The fundraiser supports Advocates for Children, and $200,000 has been raised since the event began.

That’s a lot of help for a worthy cause. People who performed, volunteered their time or donated money to support Advocates for Children and the kids they assist deserve a round of applause.

Reid’s Race

Kudos to Megan and Kevin Bozell for conducting an annual run/walk event that fights Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and to the individuals who support it.

Megan Bozell created Reid’s Race after her 5-month-old son Reid died from SIDS on Sept. 19, 2011.

The fourth edition of the event April 8 set records for participation (more than 215 people) and money raised (about $15,000). The funds go to the Connecticut-based CJ First Candle, a national nonprofit organization that supports research to ends SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth and similar situations.

That’s a cause worth supporting. The turnout this year is proof.

Greater protection

Considering that property theft is a significant and common type of crime in Columbus, often associated with drug addiction, it makes sense for residents and businesses to do what they can to protect property that could be at risk for being stolen.

Columbus Police Department is encouraging residents and businesses to use a Cloud-based property inventory system, ReportIt, to log serial numbers and identifying information for their valuables, so they can be more easily tracked if stolen. ReportIt is provided by LeadsOnline, which the city police department uses.

The system is free and there’s no obligation to use it, which makes it a sensible of a tool for people to utilize to protect their property.