OARS Community Care Team Meets
|The OARS Community Care Team
recently met at Ermilio's Restaurant in Eureka Springs to make
plans for the OARS booth at the County Fair the beginning of
September. Left to right around the table: Greg Hines, Helen
Smith, Lieu Smith, Brian Watson, Alice Martinson, Carole
Sturgis, and Neta Sue Stamps.
Employees of First National Bank of Berryville
Contribute $1,255 to OARS
Adam Plagge, (left), with First National Bank of Berryville, presented a $1,255 check to Ozarks AIDS Resources and Services (OARS), represented here by its Executive Director Carole Sturgis and OARS Medical Director Dr. Charles Horton. Adam said the donation represented money employees set aside whenever they wear jeans on Wednesday. Every quarter, he said, they donate to a local non-profit and this time it was OARS.
Heartland Men's Chorus Performs in Eureka Springs,
Raises $19,000 to Benefit OARS
On Saturday, March 12, Carroll County had the pleasure of experiencing a concert that was both moving and inspiring. Performing as a benefit concert to raise funds for OARS, the Heartland Men's Chorus from Kansas City, Missouri, traveled to Eureka Springs and captured the hearts of the residents of Eureka Springs, Berryville and surrounding communities. And $19,000 was raised for OARS in the process!
The Chorus paid for EVERYTHING except their dinner, incidental office supplies, and local advertising. They paid for all the expenses incurred from renting the Auditorium including tech support, printing the tickets and the posters and the postcards, trips down here pre-concert by various members to check on facilities and details, housing for everyone at the Land O Nod, transportation for all their members by bus from/to Kansas City, breakfast Sunday at Inn of the Ozarks, etc., etc., etc.
Everything raised as a result of the concert stays right here in Carroll County to continue the work of OARS. Heartland even sold tickets on their web site and sent all that income directly to OARS.
In a letter to Carole Sturgis, OARS Executive Director, and the OARS Board of Directors, Rick Fisher, Executive Director of Heartland Men's Chorus, writes about the concert experience in Eureka Springs:
"...the most successful outreach program that we
"...a spectacular evening that was positively magical!"
"I heard one of our members, who has sung with us for 16 years, say that the concert in Eureka Springs was the highlight of his HMC experience."
"...this tour will be a high point in a year full of milestone achievements."
"...we're all looking forward to returning to Eureka Springs."
"Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to use our voices and musical message to support the important work that OARS does in Carroll County."
More Reviews & Accolades from Emails, Facebook & Online Comments sent to OARS:
-- "Fantastic evening!!!... OARS scored again!"
-- "Loved the concert in Eureka Springs, one of the best gay men's group I've heard. Thanks go to the Heartland Men's Chorus for coming to Eureka and donating your time and talents for OARS."
-- "The chorus was as impressed with the Eureka Springs audience as much as the audience was impressed with the chorus. Afterwards, members of the chorus told me they had never experienced such an enthusiastic--and emotional--response."
-- "One very moving and spontaneous moment came when the chorus was singing 'I Will Stand With You' and one by one audience members began to rise from their seats until the entire house was standing. By the end of the number, some of the singers on stage were wiping tears from their eyes."
-- "Throughout the performance, the applause was thunderous and I lost track of the number of standing ovations."
-- "It's worth noting the chorus paid for its own travel expenses and lodging and left the proceeds from the evening right here in the community."
-- "It was an amazing night in Eureka Springs. So happy to have shared the experience with many wonderful people!"
-- "I was in the audience last night and HMC delivered a beautiful, entertaining, and moving performance. The concert made me smile, clap, cry, and most importantly, made me proud. You say, 'Our voices enlighten, inspire, heal, and empower.' So true, so true! Thanks for coming to Eureka Springs and thanks for supporting OARS. Hope you come back soon."
-- "I believe we were looking into angel faces last night--the radiance was blinding and had me awe-struck. Thank you for the wonderful evening in Eureka Springs last night."
had the joy of feeding members of the Chorus
before the concert
|Clinic Director Dr. Charles Horton received a DVD and a CD
of music and a performance by the Heartland Men's Chorus.