One Parkway Central High School student is bringing plenty of holiday cheer to local law enforcement and emergency response agencies.
Jennifer Rubin, 16, has organized the Rockin' 4 Relief fundraiser to benefit the St. Louis Backstoppers for the last four years and raised $19,000 in this year's effort. The fundraiser involved volunteers rocking in rocking chairs at Dierbergs locations throughout Chesterfield and the St. Louis metro area.
Rubin presented an over-sized check to the backstoppers and was recognized for her contribution at a Chesterfield City Council meeting Nov. 19. Backstoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle was on hand to accept the donation and praised Rubin.
"Jennifer, we love you," he said. "You are an inspiration to all of us."
Battelle explained that her donation helps an organization vital to public safety officers.
"It's reassuring to every officer out there, that should they have to make the ultimate sacrifice, backstoppers will be there," he said.
For her part, Jennifer said she started the program at tender age of 12 after she realized the danger that police officers, firefighters and others put themselves in on a regular basis. In the four years its been in existence, Rockin' Relief has raised $44,000.