The National Night Out event in Wright City, Missouri, raised more than $6,100 for the Warren County BackStoppers organization.
The National Night Out event in Wright City raised more than $6,100 for Warren County BackStoppers.
The event was Aug. 1.
The announcement was made both by Wright City Clerk Abbie Ogborn and Mayor Michelle Heiliger during the Aug. 24 board of aldermen meeting.
“We will be donating toward Warren County Back Stoppers,” Ogborn said. “So it’ll go directly to our first responders here.”
The total raised was $6,168.
BackStoppers provides ongoing needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The organization also provides assistance to public safety officers who suffer a catastrophic injury while performing their duties, the organization’s website states.
Heiliger praised the event, telling those at the meeting that it was a “really well attended event.”
“We have such a generous community,” Heiliger said. “I’ll tell you there are organizations that I’m part of that we have to really get out there and beat the bricks to raise money. And this was not one of them. I mean, people just showed up and said ‘we want to give money to this, we want to support this.’”
The event featured first responders from across Warren County, including from Wright City, Warrenton, Truesdale, and Marthasville.
“That was very cool,” Heiliger said. “That was the place to be that day for sure.”
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, according to the organization’s website. The event is celebrated across the country, in U.S. territories, and at overseas military bases on the first Tuesday in August, though some parts of the country celebrate the event in early October.
Next year’s Warren County event is also in Wright City.
“So get ready,” Heiliger said.
About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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