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Events and Fundraisers

Spotlight Supporters: Monroe County

The BackStoppers serves 18 counties in Missouri and Illinois.Because the region served by BackStoppers extends beyond St. Louis, we rely on groups of supporters who volunteer their time to help raise awareness of and funds for our mission in the outlying counties of our coverage area. These groups, called Outlying County Supporter Groups, are integral to the growth of our cause. In July, one such group called the BackStoppers of Monroe County presented over $30,000 to BackStoppers!

This generous support comes from the annual fundraising events held by Monroe Countyincluding a highly anticipated Trivia Night, Brat Stop and more. During Monroe County’s fourteen year history, they have contributed over $300,000 towards our mission! We would like to recognize and thank the committee members, volunteers and first responders that work very hard to make this incredible support and awareness happen. We will feature more on Monroe County and their efforts in the upcoming BackStoppers print newsletter mailing later this year!

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South County Tech Leaves It All on the Field

Students at South County Tech showed heart and dedication to the mission of BackStoppers last December. Law Enforcement students approached their instructor, Sue Gibbons, about creating an event inspired by the famous Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses. The Law Enforcement students joined forces with the Firefighting/EMT students and organized a flag football tournament between the two classes.

Together, the students did all the heavy lifting; measuring and prepping the field and completing everything necessary for a successful event. South County Tech staff and faculty got in on the action by making a customized trophy for the winning team, collecting ticket sales and generating hype for the big game. In the end, the Firefighting/EMT students took the win with a final score of 12 to 6.

Both Law Enforcement and Firefighting/EMT students won in the spirit of giving when they raised over $300 for BackStoppers! Chief Jim Silvernail met with the students for the check presentation and expressed how challenging but rewarding it is pursuing a career in emergency services. He also explained how their hard work raising $300 for BackStoppers helps provide financial assistance for textbooks, medications and co-pays.

Thank you to the Law Enforcement and Firefighting/EMT students for your diligence and commitment to our mission, to Instructor Sue Gibbons for encouraging the students to pursue this task and to the faculty and staff of South County Tech that supported this event. We could not do what we do without this kind of dedication to the families of fallen first responders. Thank you!

*The South County Tech Flag Football check presentation was held at the beginning of March. This was one of the last check presentations that Chief Silvernail attended. We miss him greatly.

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Spotlight Supporters: Warren County

The BackStoppers serves 18 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Because the region served by BackStoppers extends beyond St. Louis, we rely on groups of supporters who volunteer their time to help raise awareness of and funds for our mission in the outlying counties of our coverage area. These groups, called Outlying County Supporter Groups, are integral to the growth of our cause. We are honored to share with you the efforts of the Warren County supporter group.

Eight years ago, a dedicated group of individuals from Warren County decided to make a difference. The mission of BackStoppers hit close to home for Warren County when Officer Vernon Seals, EOW 10/6/02, was killed in the line of duty. Tragically, since then two more Warren County first responders made the ultimate sacrifice: Deputy Sheriff Lonnie Cole, EOW 10/2/03, and Chief Paul Fricke, EOW 8/27/10. Community leaders, first responders and civilians residing in Warren County felt moved to support the work of BackStoppers and came together to form Warren County BackStoppers.

Every February, the Warren County BackStoppers organizes a Dinner, Dance and Auction event that draws a great crowd and brings in a generous amount of support. This annual event features a premium silent auction, performances by the St. Louis County Pipes and Drums Troupe and a unique way of honoring Warren County’s three fallen heroes. During the event, oil paintings depicting each of the three fallen heroes are displayed as a poignant reminder of why guests, supporters and volunteers are there.

A lot of preparation and work goes into making this event such a success. Months ahead, the Warren County committee holds meetings, gathers donations and spreads the word. On the day of the event, the committee, along with 40 additional volunteers, works diligently to make the evening run smoothly. The dedication and hard work has paid off in a big way; the 2018 event raised $80,000, and the total raised over their eight-year history exceeds $500,000 for BackStoppers! This support is truly extraordinary.

BackStoppers Advisory Board Member Chief Jeff Backhaus of Marthasville Vol. Fire Department shares what BackStoppers means to Warren County, “We all realize someday it could be one of us or our family that needs to benefit from this organization and we know that they will be taken care of”. The amount of support that Warren County brings to our mission is very much appreciated. BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle shares, “We are extremely grateful for the incredible support and dedication to our fallen heroes that this group has displayed. Thank you, Warren County!”

We greatly appreciate the Warren County BackStoppers and the Outlying County Supporter Groups. The support of these friends of BackStoppers helps us to carry out our mission of serving families of fallen first responders.

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Thank You!

We would like to recognize and extend a huge thank you to TheNemesis FightingAlliance for their efforts in raising nearly $3,500 during their No One Fights Alone Event benefitting The BackStoppers Inc.! Thank you to all those that made this event possible. Thank you for your dedication to our mission of assisting families of fallen first responders.

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Spirit of St. Louis Ends Strong

The Spirit of St. Louis Campaign has officially concluded with a lucky winner! Since November, the community has come together in the spirit of giving and has supported the mission of BackStoppers, Variety the Children’s Charity, and St. Louis Area Foodbank. A $10 donation to any of the three charities was entered into a drawing to win a car, truck or SUV.

The total amount raised was over $170,000 including a generous donation from Bommarito Automotive  Group of $50,000! The winner was Jason Woodworth, which was announced during the St. Louis Auto Show.

We would like to thank Fox 2 and KPLR 11 and Bommarito Automotive Group for their generosity and commitment to the community. We are incredibly grateful for everyone that donated to BackStoppers in the spirit of giving, community, and St. Louis.

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Family and Friends Honor Officer Snyder

This fall, Dr. Adam Snyder organized a golf tournament honoring the memory of his younger brother, fallen hero Officer Blake Snyder.  Dedicated friends Pat and Kim Lawrence, Wesley Strowmatt, and Toby Henesey made up the organizing committee, and the event was a fantastic success.  Held on September 22, 2017 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, IL, the tournament raised over $40,000!

“This was truly Adam’s labor of love supported by long-time friends,” said Dick Snyder, father of Officer Snyder.

BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Board member Chief Jim Silvernail joined the committee and members of the Snyder family for the check presentation and expressed gratitude for this wonderful support.

We are very grateful for everyone who gave their time to make this event possible, and everyone who attended and enjoyed the tournament.  Thank you for helping to make our mission possible!

Watch for next year’s tournament by following our Events Calendar.

Pictured left to right: Colton, Beckett, Korby, Sara Snyder, Chief Jim Silvernail, Pat Lawrence, Chief Ron Battelle, Dr. Adam Synder, Wesley Strowmatt, Toby Henesey, Kim Lawrence, and Callie.

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Baking for BackStoppers: One Family’s Mission to Make a Difference

The Schrunk family decided to support the BackStoppers in a delicious way. Janel and her daughter, Allison, made it their mission to hold an annual bake sale in honor of Officer Blake Snyder, EOW 10/06/2016.

Janel reflects on the previous year’s events that inspired her family’s decision to honor Officer Snyder in their own special way, “After he was killed, my daughter and I repeatedly saw the story on the news and Allison looked at me and said, ‘Mom, we have to do something’.”

The idea of a bake sale seemed to come naturally for Janel and Allison. “One of the things my daughter Allison and I love to do together is bake and decorate cookies. We decided to bake treats for the police officers at the 3rd Precinct and the Affton firefighters, specifically the firehouse on Gravois where Engineer Castro works. Castro is a firefighter in Affton that our family got to know well. Every three to four months Allison and I would spend a couple full days baking and preparing treats, usually with a theme of Valentines’ Day, Easter, Summer, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. We’ve been doing this for a few years now.”

Janel’s connection to first responders in her community runs deep. She describes one of her first experiences delivering treats to Officer Snyder’s platoon where she received a hug from Officer Wagener. “When I felt her bullet-proof vest, the realization of her dangerous job was sobering. She was willing to die for me.” Since then Janel was accompanied Officer Wagener on 10 ride-alongs.

It took a lot of hard work and preparation to make the first bake sale possible, but with some love and support, the bake sale became an event! “We spent three days straight baking, decorating and bagging up treats. Some friends donated treats, my mom came to help, and my husband, Monty, made the signs. All of us worked the sale on a cool Sunday afternoon. We made enough treats to raise about $500, but ended up raising over $1,500!”

Last year was not the end of the Schrunk family’s mission to support BackStoppers. “With the encouragement and the support of so many, we decided to make it an annual event!” This past October marked the second year of the Schrunk Family Bake Sale raising over $1,000 for BackStoppers. The love that the Schrunk family has extended to their local heroes and BackStoppers cannot be denied. “We don’t know how to get across just how thankful we are. So, we bake. And decorate. And give treats.”

We would like to thank the Schrunk family for their dedication to our mission, and for making a difference in the community. This love and support helps us assist families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

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Woodard’s Annual Raffle for BackStoppers is Back!

Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s 3rd Annual Raffle for BackStoppers is here! Last year Woodard raised $37,000 for BackStoppers, and this year their goal is to reach $50,000!

 

This incredible is support is made possible by purchasing raffle tickets that are entered to win a number of valuable prizes! The prizes this year are bigger and better than ever! 

Grand Prize: “Beats by Dre” Pill+ Bluetooth Speaker, Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler, Yeti 30oz Stainless Tumbler
1st Prize: 42mm Apple Watch Nike+ & “Beats by Dre” Powerbeats3 Wireless
2nd Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card
3rd Prize: Nexgrill 5-Burner Deluxe Series Gas Grill & $100 Dierbergs Gift Card
4th Prize: Vintage Bottled Wine & Snack Gift Basket
5th Prize: Google Home & Google Nest
6th Prize: GoPro Hero Session

Woodard held a Kick-Off Rally to encourage their employees to support the BackStoppers by selling the raffle tickets. Elizabeth Snyder shared her story with employees, and explained how supporting the BackStoppers makes a difference in the lives of the families of fallen heroes.  To see a live video stream of the event please visit our Facebook page.

Click Here to enter Woodard’s Raffle.

The winners will be announced at 10am on November 17th.
Be sure to visit Woodard’s BackStoppers Fundraising Raffle Drawing for a live video on the day of the drawing.

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Gerding Enterprises Gives Back

Our friends at Gerding Enterprises have shown incredible support to the BackStoppers over the last couple of years. Last year, they held their 1st Annual BackStoppers BBQ which raised over $12,000!  The 2nd Annual BackStoppers BBQ will take place on  October 7th at the VFW in Cedar Hill, Missouri.  

Chuck Gerding shares more about his company and what inspires him to support the BackStoppers.

 

“We have a family owned Aerospace company that was started in 1960 by my parents. Every year we have a company picnic and we do our own cooking for this event. It started out as feeding 20-25 people and has since grown to approximately 300 people per year.

After 911, as with all Americans, it cut me to the core. I was too old to join the service so the only thing I could come up with was to have a custom pit designed and dedicate it to our First Responders and our Veterans. I saw the films of the First Responders charging up to the top of the towers while everyone was running down trying to save their lives. That sight is etched in my mind forever. So I wanted to do something for the men and women who make us safe home and abroad.

I decided to get involved with BackStoppers to do our little part to give back to these heroic people that when asked will always say ‘I was just doing my job’.

God Bless them and their families.”

 

 

We’re excited to announce the 2017 Fall Member Drive! Join or renew during the month of October, and receive new benefits while helping families of fallen heroes.

Last year, we provided $3 million in assistance to families of fallen heroes. Now is the time to join. Help ease the suffering of families of the fallen, and become a BackStopper today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fine Art Ltd: Supporting the BackStoppers Through Art

Our friends at Fine Art Ltd are supporting The BackStoppers with a fantastic promotion now through the month of September! In addition to their discounted pieces, 40% to 80% off, Fine Art Ltd. is donating 10% of all sales to BackStoppers. A special piece has been dedicated in honor of The BackStoppers which will be available for purchase. 

“The Last Painting-Untitled” by Frederic Remington was chosen to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the US Marshals Service. The painting was Remington’s final piece completed in 1909 just before he died of appendicitis. The painting was owned and exhibited by the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York, and was chosen by Lowell McAllister, the Executive Director of the Museum, and Stanley Morris, Director of the US Marshals Service under Ronald Reagan.  Fine Art ltd. has worked with the US Marshals in handling the printing and distribution of this edition with a serigraph to ensure the quality of the piece. The print is signed by Lowell McAlister indicating authenticity and to ensure that no other silk screens would be produced of this painting.  Stanley Morris has also signed the print to certify the Remington was an officially recognized project of the US Marshals Bicentennial.

A special touch as been added to the frame of this piece. Our Executive Director, Chief Ron Battelle, has signed a card imbedded in the frame alongside of the BackStoppers logo.

To see an exclusive interview with Chief Ron Battelle and Fine Art Ltd’s President, Jack Scharr further discussing this historic piece for sale click here.

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For more information please contact Fine Art Ltd at  (636)-537-1500

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Tuesday-Friday: 10am to 4pm

Saturday- Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday-Monday: Closed
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