She’s only 8, but selling great

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 07:28 PM

The Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers are naming 8-year-old Isabelle Rosario-Iwanski to their ranks as an honorary member to be recognized during their annual awards banquet tonight.

The Crime Stoppers banquet starts at 6:30 at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church on Americal Road.

According to her mother Chrystal Iwanski, Rosario-Iwanski became something of a sales leader, getting Crime Stopper yard signs out to businesses and residents and raising more than $100 for the cause last year.

Iwanski said her daughter is outgoing when it comes to asking people about putting up a sign and donating $5. She will offer to put the sign up for them if they like.

She also makes sure someone who maybe didn’t hear her the first time has a second opportunity to know, as one woman discovered who ended up buying three signs.

“She tapped her on the shoulder and said, ‘Excuse me, I don’t know if you heard but we’re selling signs for our organization,’” Iwanski said. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

Iwanski said that Crime Stoppers board member Billy Ford, whose company provided the signs to Crime Stoppers, has become something of a grandpa figure to her daughter.

Ford said seeing Rosario-Iwanski actively promoting Crime Stoppers makes him feel like there is hope that future generations will be there to keep the cause moving forward.

“She started selling them, and she sold a pile, I’d say 25 to 50 signs,” Ford said. “She enjoyed doing that, and many Crime Stopper members were asking if she’d be doing that again this year.”

The discussion progressed to the idea of making her an honorary member, which took place last month without objection by a vote of about 20 board members.

“They are going to recognize her at the banquet,” Ford said. “That’s the first time I have ever heard of that being done in North Carolina. I think it’s a very good idea because we need more participation from young people.”

Rosario-Iwanski feels more comfortable just shrugging off all the attention, but adds she is ready to go out and get more signs up.

“I tell everyone what the price is and what they are for, and that they come with a stand,” she said.

And with a smile and a happy little shout-out for helping Crime Stoppers, she seems to get the sale pretty easy.

“She has always been helpful with things,” Iwanski said.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.