314.692.0200 | 866.539.0521
backstoppers [at] backstoppers.org

Events and Fundraisers

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!

ccmsi-16

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Alibi 3Alibi 1

.
Alibi 2Alibi 5

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Garage Sale

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!

Read More

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!

Read More

Team BackStoppers is Ready to Ride

Team BackStoppers is ready for RAGBRAI XLIV!

The Team leaves today for Iowa where they will ride 420 miles across the state in one week on this year’s RAGBRAI course, raising awareness and funds for BackStoppers.

Team BackStoppers Members fueling up

Team BackStoppers Members fueling up

Members of Team BackStoppers during RAGBRAI 2015

Members of Team BackStoppers during RAGBRAI 2015

Team BackStoppers member Bob Stuckey stopped in our office last week and let us know everyone is ready and excited, and that the heat shouldn’t be too bad this year.  If you can believe the extended forecast, that is.

Jacob Ward and Chief Battelle

Team BackStoppers Member Jacob Ward with The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Team BackStoppers, founded in 2013, is a group of cyclists of all skill levels.  These ambassadors on bikes don BackStoppers jerseys for their annual trip to RAGBRAI and while logging miles in Missouri and Illinois all year long.  Funds raised by the Team benefit The BackStoppers Education Fund.

Good luck Team BackStoppers!  We know you’ll have a very challenging, rewarding, and successful week all while having a lot of fun.  Thank you for everything you do for The BackStoppers!

If you would like to help support Team BackStoppers on RAGBRAI XLIV, make a donation today and include “Team BackStoppers” in the comments.

Team BackStoppers

Team BackStoppers

Read More

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

 

 

Read More

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.

Scarecrow 2016

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

Read More