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.
The City of Clayton hosted the Battle of the Badges BBQ Event benefiting The BackStoppers, Inc. and Responder Rescue, Inc. with great success! This event featured twelve police and fire departments from all over the area that participated in a friendly competition where their grilling skills were put to the test. Along with award worthy BBQ grilled by first responders, Weber Grill Restaurant, located in Clayton, provided sides as well as the charcoal and wood used during the grilling competition. Whiskey Morning was also there to contribute tunes for the evening.
This year’s event generated $4, 112.28 for The BackStoppers, Inc. and $4,012.28 for Responder Rescue, Inc. What started as a small community BBQ has turned into an incredible event raising over $8,000 for those that serve and protect the community.
Thank you for the first responders that gave their time for the competition. Thank you to all those that helped make this event possible and a big thanks to those that attended and made the event such a success. We greatly appreciate your support that helps the families of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety. Thank you!
*Photo Credit: West End World and The City of ClaytonRead More
Give STL Day 2017 was a great success! The community came together and surpassed our goal of $1,500, raising a total $2,721!
We would like to thank every donor for your contribution and support of our fallen first responders. We would also like to give a special thanks to Officer Joe Strehl for taking the time to help us spread the word on Give STL Day.
We look forward to another outstanding outcome next year!
The BackStoppers is participating in Give STL Day this year on Thursday, May 11th!
Give STL Day is an oppurtunity for the community to come together and give back to their favorite charitable organizations. This is a 24 hour online event hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation.
Visit The BackStoppers Give STL Day profile on May 11th to support our mission!Read More
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!
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!
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