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Tickets for Guns ‘N Hoses benefit Backstoppers

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

The 26th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses will take place Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The boxing event features three-round matches between police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Missouri and Illinois.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and has raised more than $3.6 million since 1987 to benefit The BackStoppers, a non-profit organization that assists families of first responders who die in the line of duty.

“Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses has become one of the great holiday traditions in St. Louis,” said David Stokes, president of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association. “Every year St. Louisans come together with family and friends for a great night of boxing that supports the families of our fallen heroes.”

“Guns ‘N Hoses is a great tradition that has always brought the St. Louis community together,” said Joe Buck, FOX Sports announcer and Guns ‘N Hoses board member.

The event is sponsored by Budweiser and Grey Eagle Distributors, the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in St. Louis County.

Tickets are available by calling (314) 691-1377 in St. Louis City, (314) 560-9226 in St. Louis County or (618) 973-1200 in Illinois.  Tickets are also available at all Hair Saloon locations, the Scottrade Center Box Office and online at

The BackStoppers coverage includes Lincoln County. 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.