2017 Guns 'N Hoses Raises Record Amount: $700K

Brett Blume
February 13, 2018 - 11:17 am

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Turns out 2017 was a record year for the annual boxing showdown between local police and firefighters.

Organizers announced Tuesday morning that they were donating $700,000 to the Backstoppers, a non-profit organization that assists families of first responders who die or suffer a catastrophic injury in the line of duty.

That includes Elizabeth Snyder, whose St. Louis County police officer husband Blake was killed in 2016.

She was on hand for the unveiling of the record donation.

"You know, this blows everybody's minds, this is wonderful," she exclaimed. "It just shows that the community can really come out and come together for a great cause."

On the night before Thanksgiving last year Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses sold out the Scottrade Center for the second straight year with a record attendance of 18,199.

That's a far cry from the few hundred who attended the inaugural Guns 'N Hoses event back in 1987.

"To honor and recognize the sacrifices our police officers and firefighters make serving our community is what brings us together each year," said Chief Ron Battelle, executive director of the Backstoppers. "Without the support of Guns 'N Hoses we could not fulfull our mission to support our families and be a safety net for those who lose a family members in the line of duty."

With the latest check presentation, the Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association has now raised more than $6.8 million to benefit Backstoppers.