Guns ‘N Hoses announces donation to The BackStoppers

Since 1987 the charity boxing event has raised nearly $5 million for families of first responders who die in the line of duty

 

ST. LOUIS – (April 9, 2015): The Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association made its annual donation to The BackStoppers, a non-profit organization that assists families of first responders who die in the line of duty. Guns ‘N Hoses donated $340,124, which represents the proceeds from the organization’s 28th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event held Jan. 30 at the Scottrade Center.

 

"Once again, the St. Louis community has shown support for these families through their generous donations and participation in the event," said David Stokes, president of the Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association. "The January Guns 'N Hoses event was one of our most successful to date, and we hope this contribution will continue to make a difference in the lives of those families supported by The BackStoppers."

 

At the January Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses event, the blue team won a 9-7 team decision over the red team. However, for the first time, both teams comprised a mix of firefighters and police officers. Prior to the fights, one firefighter and one police officer were memorialized. Lt. Clarence O. Watson II, of the Hematite Fire Protection District, died of cardiac arrest after having been on several emergency calls within 12 hours of his passing. Chief Richard Hughes of the Louisiana Police Department died of a heart attack following several patrol calls during his shift. He had been serving as police chief since 2009.

 

"This donation from Guns 'N Hoses helps The BackStoppers provide a financial safety net for the families of our fallen heroes," said Chief Ron Battelle, executive director of The BackStoppers. "Currently, The BackStoppers is supporting 66 families and 64 children who have lost loved ones. The need is always great and the community's support is always appreciated."

 

Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses is presented by the St. Louis Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association and the title sponsors for the 28th year were Budweiser and Grey Eagle Distributors, the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in St. Louis County.

 

The BackStoppers cover St. Louis City, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Cape Girardeau, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Pike, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington and the Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. The BackStoppers also cover members of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol and District 11 of the Illinois State Police.

 

After a loss of life, The BackStoppers provide money for emergency expenses and later arranges to pay bills, mortgages, debts, college costs and other expenses. The organization was founded in 1959.

 

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ABOUT BACKSTOPPERS

 

Founded in 1959, The BackStoppers cover St. Louis City, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Cape Girardeau, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Pike, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington and the Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. The BackStoppers also cover members of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol and District 11 of the Illinois State Police. After a loss of life, The BackStoppers provide money for emergency expenses and later arranges to pay bills, mortgages, debts, college costs and other expenses. To learn more, visit www.backstoppers.org.

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