Alibi 25 kept six bands playing all day long while serving up BBQ, drinks, and a great atmosphere under a large tent at their first fundraiser for The BackStoppers.
Owner and Manager Denise Gestring was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community. Local businesses donated fantastic items, and the silent auction grew to 30 baskets. With the generosity of the businesses and individuals who came out to enjoy the live music and food on a hot day, Alibi 25 smashed their goal of raising $2,000 and donated a total $5,000 to The BackStoppers!Thank you Denise, Bill, and everyone at Alibi for your hard work and support of our mission! Thank you to each of the bands and everyone who attended and made this a great event for BackStoppers! Your support helps us help families of fallen and catastrophically injured first responders.
Gateway Classic Cars raised $1,324.50 for The BackStoppers at the July Cars & Coffee event!
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.
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.Read More
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.
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!Read More
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!
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.
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!Read More
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.
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 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!
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.
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!Read More
In 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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
“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!Read More