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Events and Fundraisers

BackStoppers Month a Great Success!

OG Hospitality Group Co-Owners Brant Baldanza and Jon Fogarty and Mike (Carolyn not pictured) present a check for $80,000 to BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Board Members Chief Jim Silvernail and Bill Schicker, Chief Mike Krause and members of the Metro West Fire Protection District, and Deputy Chief Dave Frazier and members of the West County EMS & Fire Protection District. Photo by Christina Huck

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.  

Photo by Christina Huck

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.

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The BackStoppers Receives Record Donation from Guns ‘N Hoses

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.

Guns 'N Hoses Check Presentation Photo Credit Suzy Gorman

The BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses President David Stokes, Mayor Francis Slay, The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Chief Jon Belmar, Chief Sam Dotson, Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Event Coordinator Steve Holley, Chief Dennis Jenkerson at the check presentation ceremony at the Scottrade Center. Photo by Suzy Gorman, suzygormanphoto@aol.com

“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!

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