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Events and Fundraisers

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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Griffin and Levi Support The BackStoppers!

Griffin and LeviOn a hot Saturday in early September, 5-year old Griffin put on his police officer uniform, loaded up his patrol car, and set out for Frontier Park with 2-year old brother, Levi.  Together the boys spent the day selling ice cream to raise funds for BackStoppers.  Their hard work paid off.  By the end of the day, they had raised a total $401.oo for the families of fallen heroes!

Griffin and Levi visited our office to present Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKindley with their donation.  They dressed for the occasion in their police officer and firefighter uniforms.  When Chief McKinley asked the boys who came up with the idea for the fundraiser, Griffin said it had been his idea.  He had come up with the idea on his own and, with Levi, had a lot of fun selling ice cream in the park.

Griffin and Levi present a check for $401.00 to St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKinley and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Griffin and Levi present a check for $401.00 to St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKinley and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Thank you Griffin and Levi for your hard work raising funds for the families of the fallen!  Thank you to Griffin and Levi’s family and everyone who supported their fundraiser. We are very grateful for this support of our mission that helps us to continue our cause.




Griffin Levi

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CCMSI Raises $10,000 for BackStoppers!

CCMSI, a small company with a big heart, organized a silent auction and raised $10,000 for The BackStoppers!  Moved to show their gratitude to law enforcement and our area’s first responders, CCMSI held the auction for employees over two days.  This generous support of our mission will go a long way to help us help the families of fallen police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who die or are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Thank you to everyone at CCMSI for your dedication to our cause!


Dawn Schell, Jacklyn McNatt, Scott Hanten and Michelle Probert with CCMSI present a check for $10,000 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Fire Chief (Ret.) Jim Silvernail

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Bulltown’s Biggest Year

The 5th Annual Bulltown Run for BackStoppers raised $5,000 in it’s biggest year yet!  This year’s event was held in honor of Paramedic Jonathan Noce, EOW 5/25/2016, whose family The BackStoppers has begun assisting.  Running and walking in his memory were participants aged 8 to 84, including Jonathan Noce’s family.

The run, organized by great BackStoppers supporters BackStoppers of Jefferson County, included two fun new elements this year: the Bulltown bull mascot and a first responder wave.  The Arnold-Imperial Leader included the Bulltown Run for BackStoppers in its most recent publication.  See the full story below.

Thank you to everyone who organizes the Annual Bulltown Run and volunteers their time each year.  Thank you to everyone runner, walker, and first responder wave participant for being a part of this event.  Congratulations on your biggest year, and thank you for supporting our mission!

Arnold-Imperial Leader Article Bulltown Run for BackStoppers

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Brielle and Nora Sage’s Lemonade Stand

Brielle & Nora Sage Lemonade StandBrielle and Nora Sage’s Lemonade Stand raised $785 for The BackStoppers and $785 for Officer Mike Flamion for a grand total of $1,570!

When 7-year old Brielle and 5-year old Nora Sage decided they wanted to organize a lemonade stand, their mother, Cindy, listed five choices for donating the funds.  Brielle asked if they could split what they raised between The BackStoppers and Officer Flamion, and they went to work.

Sign Making

The two girls took on every task – making signs, juicing lemons, shopping for supplies, and cleaning up during and after the fundraiser in addition to serving customers for four hours on a hot summer day.  The Cottleville Fire Protection District was kind enough to stop by with a commercial fan and other supplies to help beat the heat, and many area first responders purchased lemonade throughout the day.

Trying on a firefighter helmetWhen Brielle and Nora Sage presented BackStoppers with their donation of $785, they were surprised with a big turnout from both the Ladue Police Department and the Ladue Fire Department.  The girls had a blast sitting in the fire truck, turning on the lights, and wearing headsets to communicate with one another and Fire Chief Steven Lynn.  They got to try out the hose and infrared camera, and even took a trip around the parking lot in the truck.

Thank you Brielle and Nora Sage for your hard work and generous support of our mission! Your donation will help us help families of fallen first responders. We also wish to thank everyone who supported the lemonade stand.

Brielle and Nora Sage with Ladue Fire Department

Thank you to both Chief Rich Wooten & the Ladue Police Department and Chief Steven Lynn, Asst. Chief Jeff Johnson, & the Ladue Fire Department for taking the time to show Brielle and Nora Sage how much their efforts are appreciated!

Brielle and Nora Sage's Check Presentation

Brielle and Nora Sage present their check for $785 to Chief Rich Wooten & the Ladue Police Department, Chief Steven Lynn, Asst. Chief Jeff Johnson, & the Ladue Fire Department, and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

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Alibi 25’s First BackStoppers Event a Success!

Alibi 25 BBQAlibi 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!

Alibi 25 General Manager Denise Gestring and Bill [Last Name] present a check for $5,000 to Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Alibi 25 Owner/Manager Denise Gestring and Assistant Manager Bill Herr present a check for $5,000 to Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

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.

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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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