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Give STL Day 2017

The BackStoppers is participating in Give STL Day this year on Thursday, May 11th!

Give STL Day is an oppurtunity for the community to come together and give back to their favorite charitable organizations. This is a 24 hour online event hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Visit The BackStoppers Give STL Day profile on May 11th to support our mission!

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Biggest BackStopper Month Yet!

February is BackStopper Month at the OG Hospitality Group‘s family of restaurants.  All month long, patrons dining at all The Corner Pub & Grill, The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, and The Shack Breakfast & Lunch locations may purchase BackStopper Bucks to support families of fallen heroes.  This year’s BackStopper Month was the biggest yet, raising an incredible $120,000.  The total exceeded last year’s $80,000 thanks to a very dedicated staff and very generous donors. In the seven year history of this great tradition, over $750,000 has been raised.

The BackStoppers Executive Director, Chief Ron Battelle, had the opportunity to thank several members of the staff this morning.  “You have our eternal gratitude,” he said to the crowd of OG Hospitality owners, staff, and first responders seated at The Corner Pub & Grill.  He explained the funds raised over the last seven years have put several individuals through college, paid medical bills, and more.  “We couldn’t do what we do without you.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”  Co-owner Brant Baldanza addressed the room, thanking everyone who worked so hard to reach and exceed their goal.

After a delicious hot breakfast buffet was enjoyed, the group stepped out into the cold to take part in the check presentation flanked by first responder vehicles.

The OG Hospitality Group family showed their commitment to our mission and our area’s first responders.  We are very grateful for everyone who sold and purchased BackStopper Bucks in the month of February, and during each BackStopper Month over the years.  Thank you to everyone involved for your tremendous support!

The OG Hospitality Group presents The BackStoppers with a check for $120,000, the total proceeds from BackStopper Month

 

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Kids’ Art Show raises $1,200!

We saw some very big smiles on the kids at United Services for Children when they presented The BackStoppers with the funds they raised at their art show.  The kids, ages 3 to 5 years, held an art show featuring their favorite pieces from school.  Together, they raised a total of $1,200.00!  They were all very excited to help the families we assist.

Thank you to each and every one of the children who displayed their artwork, and all of the teachers and volunteers who made the event possible.  Thank you to everyone who supported this great fundraiser.  We are very grateful for this heartfelt support from a wonderful group of kids.  Thank you!

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Faces of The BackStoppers

Faces of The BackStoppers is a moving new video showcasing the families we assist and how your support has impacted their lives.  Help us raise awareness of the need to support the families of fallen heroes by sharing the video today.

Thank you for your support!

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Guns ‘N Hoses Raises $653,000

Guns ‘N Hoses has made the largest donation in its 30-year history, raising $653,000 for The BackStoppers!  In all, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised a total $6.1 million since 1987.  We recognize this incredible support is because of a very dedicated team who put in a lot of hard work and give much of their time each fall.  We are very thankful for everyone on the Guns ‘N Hoses committee, every first responder who trains the long hours needed to participate in the fights, and all the sponsors of the event.  We’re so grateful for the crowd at Scottrade Center on Thanksgiving Eve year after year, and, especially, this past year for the 30th Anniversary.

These funds will provide assistance to the 81 families with 66 children we currently assist.  This donation will go a long way in helping us to care for the families of the fallen, helping to alleviate the burden of losing a loved one serving our community.  We provide roughly $1.5 million in assistance each year; eliminating debt, covering health care costs, assisting with tuition from day care through university, and more.  Our assistance is possible because of the great support of our caring community, and this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses donation is a fantastic example of this commitment to our mission.

Our most sincere thanks to every single person who made this possible.  Guns ‘N Hoses, we’re excited for what the 31st Annual Event has in store.  Thank you for 30th years of great support!

St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses presents The BackStoppers with a $653,000 check, proceeds from the 30th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses. Pictured are BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Mayor of St. Louis The Honorable Francis Slay, Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association President David Stokes, Guns ‘N Hoses Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis County Executive The Honorable Steve Stenger, BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Jr., and Guns ‘N Hoses Promoter Steve Holley.

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Congratulations, Joe Strehl!

Joe Strehl, son of fallen hero Det. Stephen Strehl EOW 11/19/93, graduated from the St. Louis County Police Academy last night.  Congratulations, Joe!  We’re honored to have been a part of your journey to becoming an officer with the St. Louis County Police Department.  You have accomplished a great deal, and will be a fantastic officer.  Thank you for giving back to The BackStoppers and allowing us to share your successes.  We wish you the very best of luck in your new career!

Photo Credit US Deptartment of Justice DEA St. Louis Division



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Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 2

The second issue of The BackStoppers Newsletter has mailed!  Read about three families who’ve benefited from The BackStoppers’ assistance, a local firefighter who’s giving back and going pro, and more in Volume 1, Issue 2.

We wish to thank Jerry Kiske, Jr and Mulligan Printing, Firefighter Dave Marlo and the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665 , Repco Solutions, and everyone who shared their story with us to make this issue possible.

If you would like your street address added to our newsletter mailing list, please contact us at backstoppers@backstoppers.org.

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Woodard’s Raffle Even Bigger than Before

Woodard Cleaning and RestorationWoodard’s Raffle is back!  And it’s even bigger than before.  Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s 2016 raffle drawing is this Monday, November 21st.  That means there is not much time left to get your tickets for some of the greatest raffle prizes to be offered in one single fundraiser.  This dedicated group hopes to far exceed last year’s total raised.  You can help them out by purchasing a chance to win a Yeti Tundra Cooler, Stainless Steel Gas Grill, and more.  Take a look at what Woodard has to say about their raffle that supports the families of fallen heroes:

Woodard Raffle Flyer“Woodard is dedicated to partnering with The BackStoppers in our biggest fundraiser of the year because we have such close relationships with first responders in St. Louis and surrounding areas. We feel the pain when one of these heroes is lost or severely injured, and admire the work that The BackStoppers organization does to support these heroes and their families. Through our raffle fundraiser and our Guns ‘N Hoses sponsorship, we raise tens of thousands of dollars each year for this wonderful organization, and we plan to continue our support in the future. Last year’s raffle raised almost $30,000 for The BackStoppers, and our goal this year is to raise $50,000. To help foster our efforts this year, we have partnered with local Fire Protection Districts, Police Departments, businesses, and our Woodard staff to sell raffle tickets, with all proceeds going directly to The BackStoppers and Guns ‘N Hoses.”

Get your tickets in these final three days before Monday’s big drawing, and catch Ring of Champions sponsor Woodard Restoration in the ring at Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses on Thanksgiving Eve presenting their check to support our mission.

Visit Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s Facebook page for more information and photos from last year’s raffle drawing celebration.  Contact the Woodard Team at (314) 300-9567, at their website, or on Facebook for details to purchase tickets.  Tickets are only $10 each or 6 for $50.  Check out some of the great prizes below!

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Assisting the Family of Deputy Paul Clark

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department who died in the line of duty on July 4, 2016 as a result of injuries sustained months prior.  On October 27, 2015, Deputy Clark’s patrol car was struck by a suspect who was fleeing the scene of a traffic stop.  Deputy Clark suffered a broken back that resulted in multiple surgeries.

Deputy Clark, who was 55-years old, was an 18 year veteran of law enforcement.  He served with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Park Hills Police Department for five years.  He leaves behind his wife and two adult children.  Deputy Paul Clark’s family, friends, and co-workers will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department
EOW 7/4/16

The BackStoppers now assists 81 families with 66 dependent children.  Our assistance is immediate and ongoing. Within hours of the death of a first responder, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 to be used in whatever way they need.

Within a few weeks, our representatives meet with the surviving spouse to identify the family’s other financial obligations, eliminate the family’s debt, and provide ongoing support for education and other extraordinary expenses.

We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen.  Join us in our cause.  Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

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Answer Deputy Gardner’s Call to Action!

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff's Department

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Larry Gardner with the Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department has supported our mission for over a decade with the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Then, during last year’s first-ever BackStoppers Member Drive, Larry joined.  He didn’t stop there.  He took to social media calling on friends, family, co-workers, and his community to support BackStoppers through a gift of membership, to Become a BackStopper.

We asked Deputy Gardner to talk about his dedication to our cause.  It’s fitting that he immediately thought of his local group, the Monroe County BackStoppers, and their commitment to our mission that shows in the annual Trivia Nights and other BackStoppers events.  Read what Deputy Larry Gardner has to say about his decision to join The BackStoppers:

I have been involved with the BackStoppers organization for a little over 12 years.  Some of our Officers, Firefighters, Medics, and spouses formed the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Our committee works hard annually to raise money for BackStoppers.  To date, we have raised just over $234,000.00.

Even with the great success of our efforts, I felt a need to do more.  During last year’s membership drive, I became a member of The BackStoppers.  I think it is so important to support this great organization, knowing if something happens to me in the line of duty, they will be there to take care of my family.

I have worked closely with their staff for the last 12 years and can’t say enough about their passion for this organization.  I guess their passion has infected me.

So this year please consider becoming a member of the BackStoppers.  I did and you can too!

Deputy Larry Gardner
Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Dept.
Proud BackStopper’s Member

We’re very fortunate to be supported by dedicated and proud members such as Deputy Gardner and the Monroe County BackStoppers.  The membership funds we receive help us provide about $1.5 million in assistance annually.  When you become a BackStopper, you know you are playing a part in supporting families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  This year, we have begun providing assistance to the families of three fallen heroes and have provided assistance to two officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Joining, renewing, and calling your friends and family to action helps us in our cause.

Join this week during the final days of our Member Drive to help us care for 80 families of fallen heroes with 66 dependent children.  Answer Deputy Larry Gardner’s call to action; become a BackStopper today.  He did and you can, too!

Monroe County BackStoppers

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