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!Read More
On 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.
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.
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!Read More
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!Read More
Brielle 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.
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.
When 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.
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!Read More
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
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 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.
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.Read More