The 26th annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses will feature 21 bouts between St. Louis and metro-east police officers and firefighters.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Scottrade Center. All proceeds from Guns 'N Hoses will go to The BackStoppers, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the families of first responders who die in the line of duty.
The 21 one-round fights will feature police officers and firefighters paired by age, weight and boxing ability. Metro-east fighters include Mel Straub, of the Fairmont City Police Department, and Ryan Ahlmeyer, of the Cahokia Fire Protection District Department. The card will feature three female bouts. Fighters were selected from a group of 80 that tried out at a "box-off" Nov. 10 at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Academy.
The event has raised more than $3.6 million since it was founded by Jerry Clinton and Myrl Taylor in 1987.
Presented by the non-profit St. Louis Guns 'N Hoses Boxing Association, the event is sponsored by Budweiser and Grey Eagle Distributors, the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in St. Louis County.
Tickets are $30, $20 and $10 and 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 www.ticketmaster.com.
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.
Additional information is available on the Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses Web site, www.stlgunsandhoses.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BudweiserGunsAndHoses and Twitter at https://twitter.com/gunsnhosesstl.