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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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Firefighter Douglas D. Haase, Sr. EOW 2/1/12

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Woodard’s Raffle Even Bigger than Before

Woodard Cleaning and RestorationWoodard’s Raffle is back!  And it’s even bigger than before.  Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s 2016 raffle drawing is this Monday, November 21st.  That means there is not much time left to get your tickets for some of the greatest raffle prizes to be offered in one single fundraiser.  This dedicated group hopes to far exceed last year’s total raised.  You can help them out by purchasing a chance to win a Yeti Tundra Cooler, Stainless Steel Gas Grill, and more.  Take a look at what Woodard has to say about their raffle that supports the families of fallen heroes:

Woodard Raffle Flyer“Woodard is dedicated to partnering with The BackStoppers in our biggest fundraiser of the year because we have such close relationships with first responders in St. Louis and surrounding areas. We feel the pain when one of these heroes is lost or severely injured, and admire the work that The BackStoppers organization does to support these heroes and their families. Through our raffle fundraiser and our Guns ‘N Hoses sponsorship, we raise tens of thousands of dollars each year for this wonderful organization, and we plan to continue our support in the future. Last year’s raffle raised almost $30,000 for The BackStoppers, and our goal this year is to raise $50,000. To help foster our efforts this year, we have partnered with local Fire Protection Districts, Police Departments, businesses, and our Woodard staff to sell raffle tickets, with all proceeds going directly to The BackStoppers and Guns ‘N Hoses.”

Get your tickets in these final three days before Monday’s big drawing, and catch Ring of Champions sponsor Woodard Restoration in the ring at Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses on Thanksgiving Eve presenting their check to support our mission.

Visit Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s Facebook page for more information and photos from last year’s raffle drawing celebration.  Contact the Woodard Team at (314) 300-9567, at their website, or on Facebook for details to purchase tickets.  Tickets are only $10 each or 6 for $50.  Check out some of the great prizes below!









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Answer Deputy Gardner’s Call to Action!

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff's Department

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Larry Gardner with the Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department has supported our mission for over a decade with the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Then, during last year’s first-ever BackStoppers Member Drive, Larry joined.  He didn’t stop there.  He took to social media calling on friends, family, co-workers, and his community to support BackStoppers through a gift of membership, to Become a BackStopper.

We asked Deputy Gardner to talk about his dedication to our cause.  It’s fitting that he immediately thought of his local group, the Monroe County BackStoppers, and their commitment to our mission that shows in the annual Trivia Nights and other BackStoppers events.  Read what Deputy Larry Gardner has to say about his decision to join The BackStoppers:

I have been involved with the BackStoppers organization for a little over 12 years.  Some of our Officers, Firefighters, Medics, and spouses formed the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Our committee works hard annually to raise money for BackStoppers.  To date, we have raised just over $234,000.00.

Even with the great success of our efforts, I felt a need to do more.  During last year’s membership drive, I became a member of The BackStoppers.  I think it is so important to support this great organization, knowing if something happens to me in the line of duty, they will be there to take care of my family.

I have worked closely with their staff for the last 12 years and can’t say enough about their passion for this organization.  I guess their passion has infected me.

So this year please consider becoming a member of the BackStoppers.  I did and you can too!

Deputy Larry Gardner
Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Dept.
Proud BackStopper’s Member

We’re very fortunate to be supported by dedicated and proud members such as Deputy Gardner and the Monroe County BackStoppers.  The membership funds we receive help us provide about $1.5 million in assistance annually.  When you become a BackStopper, you know you are playing a part in supporting families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  This year, we have begun providing assistance to the families of three fallen heroes and have provided assistance to two officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Joining, renewing, and calling your friends and family to action helps us in our cause.

Join this week during the final days of our Member Drive to help us care for 80 families of fallen heroes with 66 dependent children.  Answer Deputy Larry Gardner’s call to action; become a BackStopper today.  He did and you can, too!

Monroe County BackStoppers

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Introducing The BackStoppers Newsletter

The first issue of The BackStoppers Newsletter is in the mail!  We wish to thank Jerry Kiske, Jr and Mulligan Printing, Firefighter Dave Marlo and the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665, and Heather Hussey for making our first edition possible.

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 Front and Back Cover

Front and Back Cover

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 Inside Pages

Inside Pages

If you would like your street address added to our newsletter mailing list, contact us at backstoppers@backstoppers.org.

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Welcome to BackStoppers.org

Thank you for your visiting BackStoppers.org!  We’re glad you’re here.  Explore the site to learn about how we help the families of fallen first responders, BackStoppers fundraisers and events, becoming a BackStopper, and more.  Contact us with any questions.      Your support of our mission helps us to continue our cause of supporting the families of our fallen heroes – thank you!

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