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Gateway Classic Cars supports BackStoppers with Cars & Coffee

Gateway Classic Cars raised $1,324.50 for The BackStoppers at the July Cars & Coffee event!

Gateway Classic Cars Check Presentation

Sarah Boothby with Gateway Classic Cars presents a check for $1,324.50 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

On the last Saturday of each month, Gateway Classic Cars invites all car and coffee enthusiasts to show off their unique rides, relax, and enjoy coffee and pastries.  The free event benefits a different charity each month.  We are honored to have been chosen as July’s Cars & Coffee charity. 

Gateway Classic Cars Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes with Gateway Classic Cars and The BackStoppers

Gateway Classic Cars Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes with Gateway Classic Cars and The BackStoppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Gateway Classic Cars and everyone who showed off their classic car, enjoyed the morning, and donated to The BackStoppers! We are very grateful for this support of our mission.

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Daddy Daughter Garage Sale raises $233 for BackStoppers!

Alana Wilson and Det. Juan Wilson with the St. Charles City Police Department showed their support for The BackStoppers this summer by donating the proceeds from their Daddy Daughter Garage Sale.  The fundraiser totaled $233.00.

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Alana Wilson and Det. Juan Wilson with the St. Charles City Police Department present their Garage Sale check of $233 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Alana and Juan spent the Saturday of their garage sale staying cool under a tent, spending time together before the school year starts, and raising funds for and awareness of BackStoppers.  We are grateful for this support of our mission and to have met Alana and Juan.

Thank you for helping us help families of fallen first responders!

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Roderick and Victoria Support The BackStoppers!

When Roderick and Victoria and each of their siblings were tasked with deciding on a project to complete this summer, Roderick chose organizing a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to BackStoppers. 7-year old Roderick and 4-year old Victoria worked the lemonade stand all morning and then afternoon long on a hot day earlier this week and raised $110.00!

Roderick and Victoria present their check for $110.00 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

Roderick and Victoria present a check $110 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

We were lucky enough to meet Roderick and Victoria at our office where they presented us and officers with the Frontenac Police Department with their donation. The two impressed us with their concern for public servants and families of fallen first responders. Roderick and Victoria received gifts of goodie bags from the Frontenac Police Department, and Victoria spent the rest of her day talking excitedly about having met the police officers.

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade for BackStoppers

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade

Roderick and Victoria's Lemonade Stand

Roderick and Victoria’s Lemonade Stand

Thank you Roderick and Victoria for supporting The BackStoppers and honoring our area’s police officers, firefighters, and paramedics and EMTs with your lemonade stand!

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Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Ashtynn at her lemonade stand for BackStoppers

6-year old Ashtynn saw a YouTube video of a lemonade stand for charity and decided to do the same for BackStoppers.  After sitting at her lemonade stand for six hours and selling every cup herself, Ashtynn had raised $1,105.05 for families of fallen first responders!  Then, Ashtynn and her family visited local police and fire departments to drop off baskets full of snacks.

Many area firefighters and paramedics, including High Ridge Fire Chief Mike Arnhart and Capt. Ron Arnhart with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, came out to enjoy some refreshing lemonade on a hot day, and the High Ridge Fire Department made sure the stand was shaded under a big tent.

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Area paramedics supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

We were honored to meet Ashtynn at our office and receive one of her snack baskets as a gift.  This inspiring young girl brought her proud parents and grandparents and spoke with KSDK NewsChannel 5‘s James Tuxbury about her fundraiser.

Ashtynn's Lemonade Check Presentation

Ashtynn presents check for $1,105.05 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Frontenac Assistant Fire Chief Marc Ulses, Frontenac Police Chief Tom Becker, Lt. Craig Picha, and Officer Bryant Wuertz.

Ashtynn’s hard work and great kindness will go a long way to help families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  The BackStoppers is very grateful for this generous donation.  Thank you, Ashtynn, for supporting BackStoppers!

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

High Ridge Fire Department supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

 

 

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Thank you, Caravus!

The BackStoppers has received a generous donation of $10,000 from Caravus!  Thank you Chairman Paul Flotken, Managing Partner J.J. Flotken, and Caravus for this great support of our mission.

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Caravus Managing Partner J.J. Flotken (left) and Chairman Paul Flotken (right) present a check for $10,00 to BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle (center).

We are very grateful for this support that helps us to support the 76 families with 63 dependent children we currently assist.  Thank you for your dedication to our cause!

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Scarecrow Supports The BackStoppers

Scarecrow InteriorIn March, Scarecrow asked patrons to “enjoy a pint and raise money for the fallen”.  And they did just that.  By selling Donation Shamrocks benefiting The BackStoppers at the Chesterfield restaurant, Scarecrow raised $1,700 for families of fallen first responders!

Thank you co-owners Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland and everyone at Scarecrow who sold the shamrocks.  We are very grateful for this support, which helps us to help those who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.

Thank you everyone who supported The BackStoppers through the purchase of a Donation Shamrock this month.  You help us to continue our cause of easing the burdens placed on families affected by tragedy.

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The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle accepts $1,700 Donation Shamrock fundraiser total from Scarecrow Co-owner Shawn Mulholland.

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First Responders Meet the Challenge!

President and CEO of Edwin Claude, Inc. Paul Abrams presents the ECI First Responder Membership Challenge donation of $10,000 to BackStoppers Board Member Chief (Ret.) Jerry Lee, Executive Director Chief (Ret.) Ron Battelle, and President Mike Shanahan, Jr.

President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc. Paul Abrams presents a $10,000 donation for the Education Fund from the ECI First Responder Membership Challenge to BackStoppers Board Member Chief (Ret.) Jerry Lee, Executive Director Chief (Ret.) Ron Battelle, and President Mike Shanahan, Jr.

In May of last year, we announced that Mr. Paul Abrams, President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc. had issued a challenge: add 200 new first responder members in 2015, and ECI would donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund.  We’re happy to announce first responders stepped up to the challenge and exceeded our goal.  In 2015, we added over 230 new first responder members!

The BackStoppers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this possible.  Thank you to each and every first responder who became a member last year.  Thank you everyone who helped us spread the word about the Challenge.  Thank you Edwin-Claude, Inc. and Paul Abrams for your great support of our mission and the Education Fund, and for your work to increase awareness of The BackStoppers in our coverage area.

This wonderful support helps us to continue our mission, and we are very grateful.

Read about the BackStoppers Education Fund.

 

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BackStoppers Month a Great Success!

OG Hospitality Group Co-Owners Brant Baldanza and Jon Fogarty and Mike (Carolyn not pictured) present a check for $80,000 to BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Board Members Chief Jim Silvernail and Bill Schicker, Chief Mike Krause and members of the Metro West Fire Protection District, and Deputy Chief Dave Frazier and members of the West County EMS & Fire Protection District. Photo by Christina Huck

Last month, OG Hospitality Group raised a fantastic $80,000 for The BackStoppers!  OG Hospitality staff members sold BackStoppers Bucks at each of their area restaurants, The Corner Pub & Grill, The Shack Breakfast & Lunch, and The Tavern Kitchen & Bar.  Through the generosity of everyone who purchased the BackStoppers Bucks and support from substantial private donors, BackStoppers Month was a great success.  

Photo by Christina Huck

We are very grateful to co-owners Brant Baldanza and John Fogarty, great supporters Mike and Carolyn, the hard working staff, and everyone who supported the fundraiser by purchasing BackStoppers Bucks. Thank you to everyone who helped raise $80,000 in one month!  This dedication and continued support helps us to help families of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

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The BackStoppers Receives Record Donation from Guns ‘N Hoses

We’ve received a record breaking $443,836.50 from the 29th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses!  This donation brings the total raised since 1987 to an incredible $5.5 million.

Guns 'N Hoses Check Presentation Photo Credit Suzy Gorman

The BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses President David Stokes, Mayor Francis Slay, The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Chief Jon Belmar, Chief Sam Dotson, Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Event Coordinator Steve Holley, Chief Dennis Jenkerson at the check presentation ceremony at the Scottrade Center. Photo by Suzy Gorman, suzygormanphoto@aol.com

“Without the support of Guns ‘N Hoses, we would not be able to support the 75 families with 64 children who unfortunately have lost loved ones,” said Chief Ron Battelle, Executive Director of The BackStoppers.  “This donation will allow us to continue to provide the level of support our families need and to be a safety net for those families who lose a family member in the line of duty.”

“We are proud to continue to support the great work being done by The BackStoppers,” said David Stokes, president of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association.  “We hope this donation will make a difference in the lives of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.”

We can’t thank Guns ‘N Hoses and everyone involved enough for this great support.  Thank you to everyone who’s joined us on Thanksgiving Eve year after year, all the fighters, and everyone whose time and effort makes this possible.  Your dedication helps us continue our mission of assisting the families of our fallen heroes.

We’ll see you in November at the 30th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses!

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