A group of 22 dedicated students from Miriam School chose to give back to the BackStoppers through their Service and Gratitude service project. Lead by their teachers, Andrea Rosenfeld and Candi Chiburisa, these students made a plan to sell beaded keychains at the school to show their gratitude to St. Louis area first responders, families and especially their children. Miriam School’s mission statement, ” to encourage children with complex learning disabilities to recognize and successfully meet their potential,”
inspired this group to give their keychain sale proceeds to the BackStoppers Education Fund. With a bead shop open for business, charging $1 per beaded keychain and taking custom orders, these students raised over $200 towards the Education Fund. We are incredibly grateful for this support from this young group, and for their dedication to our mission.
One of the most important commitments The BackStoppers makes to survivor families is an assurance that their children will be able to afford whatever educational opportunities they have or that their parents had planned for them. Meeting these educational costs is often one of the major expenses for surviving families, and one of the most important. Because of those supporting our Education Fund, we are able to provide future security and education of the families of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Captain John Kemper of the St. Louis Fire Department who died in the line of duty on July 12, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained battling a structural fire on July 5, 2017.
Capt. Kemper, who was 59-years old, was a 24-year veteran of the St. Louis Fire Department, serving as captain for nearly 10 years. He leaves behind his wife and adult daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow firefighters and co-workers.
Fire Captain John Kemper
St. Louis Fire Department
With the addition of the family of Capt. John Kemper, we are now assisting 82 families with 66 dependent children and have assisted 161 families since 1959.
The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Following the death of a firefighter, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 to be used in whatever way they need.
Within a few weeks, our representatives meet with the surviving spouse to identify the family’s other financial obligations, eliminate the family’s debt, and provide ongoing support for education and other extraordinary expenses.
We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen. Join us in our cause. Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.
The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700
Attention all people who like fun, food, and friends! Ballpark Village is bringing back Pig & Swig BBQ festival Saturday, June 17th from 12-7pm in the heart of downtown St. Louis and now it’s free! That’s right, this fun festival will feature live music, 8 of the best St. Louis barbecue vendors, multiple whiskey brands, premium cigars from the Cigar Box, and more! Pig & Swig is the perfect way to kick off Father’s Day Weekend.
Admission to this festival is free with food and beverages available for purchase onsite. Vendors include: Salt + Smoke, Sugarfire, PM BBQ, Iron Barley, Bootleggin’ BBQ, Doc’s Smokehouse, Super Smokers, Beast Craft BBQ Co., & more! Live music from Bobby Ford and Mack’s Creek and additional shopping and food vendors will be onsite!PLUS 60 BBQ vendors will be competing in 5 categories to win $10,000 in total prizes. Free and all ages welcome! Ballpark Village’s very own Bobby Ford will kick-off the day on the Busch II Infield with headliner Mack’s Creek.
VIP option is available for purchase $30 in advance / $35 day of. This VIP ticket Saturday, June 17th from 12pm – 7pm includes two complimentary beverages, exclusive BBQ and whiskey samples throughout the day, private restrooms, lots of seating and shade, and private bar! This option is available for guests 21+.
For guests interested, there is also a VIP Pig & Swig kick-off Friday, June 16th 6PM-9PM on the rooftop deck of the Budweiser Brew House with panoramic views of the city and into Busch Stadium. VIP ticket includes BBQ and whiskey samples, ShockTop all-inclusive package, and BBQ demonstrations on Napolean Grills.
Don’t miss this fun filled event, and help support The BackStoppers! For more information please visit here.
The BackStoppers is solely a recipient of the proceeds and not an organizer of the event
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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!
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Our Online Store is open for business!
Looking to support The BackStoppers mission in a brand new way? We are pleased to announce the launch of our online store! Now you can proudly show your support of BackStoppers with our new and exciting merchandise. Items include logoed men’s and women’s T-shirts, golf shirts, hats, drinkware, and more. Not only will your purchase help us assist families of fallen heroes, but you will help us raise awareness of our cause by sporting your new gear. Visit BackStoppers.org, click on “Store”, and shop to support our mission today.Read 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!