Eight years ago, Rollin’for BackStoppers Executive Director, Lt. Cheryl E. Orange with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, saw a need in the first responder community. She had a vision of gathering minority communities, specifically African American, and spreading awareness of the BackStoppers’ mission. Lt. Orange’s vision became a reality, and Rollin’ for BackStoppers was created.
At the heart of Rollin’ for BackStoppers, is education and awareness. “Our mission is to financially support the BackStoppers and educate all communities on the need to support the families of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty”, says Lt. Orange. As for the Rollin’ for BackStoppers name, “The name of the organization was inspired by our first responders’ service to their communities. First responders serve their community on wheels giving meaning to the name, Rollin’ for BackStoppers.”
Support for Rollin’ for BackStoppers is generated by multiple fundraising events held in September. During Rollin’ for BackStoppers’ early days, the main fundraiser was the all-adult Skate Party that drew 500 participants annually. This was only the beginning. In 2012, the Roll of Remembrance, ‘A Salute to the Fallen’ motorcycle ride was formed. Additionally, the Rollin’ on the River Car and Bike Show on the St. Louis Riverfront and, new this year, the Le Tour De Ride cyclist ride for BackStoppers, have been added to the lineup of Rollin’ for BackStoppers events. All these events take place on the fourth weekend in September, bringing in participants from all over the St. Louis region. Lt. Orange owes the success of Rollin’ for BackStoppers to the events’ loyal participants. “Rollin’ for BackStoppers is a grass-roots effort. Annually, our donation to BackStoppers is generated by community contributions from the participants. Currently, the event participants are the organization’s greatest supporters.”
The passion and drive that Lt. Orange has for the first responder community has also been passed to her son, Private Kentral Williams of the St. Louis Fire Department who is the Committee Director of Rollin’ for BackStoppers. Other first responders dedicate their time by serving on the Rollin’ for BackStoppers Board, including Capt. Guy Jennings, Private Aeron Clay, Sgt. Celestine Humphrey and Roy Whitfield.
Beaming with pride, Lt. Orange shares how appreciative she is, “What continues to be my proudest moment is the community’s continuous support of Rollin’ for BackStoppers. We have been able to make a financial contribution to the BackStoppers cause for the last eight years, helping to facilitate its mission.”
Rollin’ for BackStoppers has generated $58,000 during their eight year history! BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle extends his appreciation, “On behalf of the families we serve, I would like to thank Lt. Cheryl Orange, and everyone involved in making Rollin’ for BackStoppers a success. We appreciate the time and hard work that goes into the fundraisers every September. The support from Rollin’ for BackStoppers goes a long way to assist our families. Thank you!”
“The BackStoppers mission is especially important to me. As a first responder, I have no concern about my family’s financial stability if I were to make the ultimate sacrifice. My son is now a first responder and is reassured that his family is covered, as well, if he were to fall in the line of duty.” – Lt. Cheryl Orange, Rollin’ for BackStoppers Executive Director
To learn more about upcoming Rollin’ for BackStoppers events, visit RollinForBackStoppers.orgRead More
This fall, Dr. Adam Snyder organized a golf tournament honoring the memory of his younger brother, fallen hero Officer Blake Snyder. Dedicated friends Pat and Kim Lawrence, Wesley Strowmatt, and Toby Henesey made up the organizing committee, and the event was a fantastic success. Held on September 22, 2017 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, IL, the tournament raised over $40,000!
“This was truly Adam’s labor of love supported by long-time friends,” said Dick Snyder, father of Officer Snyder.
BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Board member Chief Jim Silvernail joined the committee and members of the Snyder family for the check presentation and expressed gratitude for this wonderful support.
We are very grateful for everyone who gave their time to make this event possible, and everyone who attended and enjoyed the tournament. Thank you for helping to make our mission possible!
Watch for next year’s tournament by following our Events Calendar.Read More
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