BackStoppers received $100,000 this year, all-time high

By Cindy Gladden, Record Staff Writer
Posted 11/7/19

Although winter weather threatened the annual February Warren County BackStoppers dinner auction, organizers still expected to break the 2018 record of $80,000.On Wednesday, May 8, BackStoppers was …

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BackStoppers received $100,000 this year, all-time high

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Although winter weather threatened the annual February Warren County BackStoppers dinner auction, organizers still expected to break the 2018 record of $80,000.On Wednesday, May 8, BackStoppers was presented a check for $100,000, breaking its record once again.In its ninth year, the local fundraiser has given more than $600,000 to support families of fallen or injured first responders. The St. Louis-Regional BackStoppers provides for 80 families, including 65 children.“We are eternally grateful,” said Ron Battelle, of BackStoppers. “The money you raise provides for mortgages, credit card bills, educational support from day care through college. You are the premier group (of fund-raisers). You are the best one we have.”Jeff Backhaus, fire chief for the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department, continues to be amazed and proud of Warren County contributors.“They believe in the cause or they wouldn’t be there to support it,” he said.Plans are underway for the 2020 benefit to be held next February.

Once again the Warren County BackStoppers have topped the fundraiser’s all-time high donation. On Wednesday, May 8, a check for $100,000 was presented to the St. Louis-Regional BackStoppers organization. In nine years, the local group has raised more than $600,000 to help provide for the families of first responders. Pictured, from left, are Pam Backhaus, Jeff Backhaus, Ralph Hellebusch, Sheriff Kevin Harrison, Amy Ellard, Lulu Hasenjaeger, Mary Ann Battelle, Frank Stuermann, Carole Fallert and Ron Battelle. 

Record photo/Cindy Gladden

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