Welcome to OARS

Ozarks AIDS Resources and Services

Some Notable OARS Past Events

First Place OARS Christmas Tree - 2016

OARS Christmas Tree

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa sponsors an annual Christmas Forest on the Hotel grounds. Non-profit organizations are welcome to decorate a tree, and visitors to the Forest can vote for their favorite. Each $1 donated equals one vote. The Hotel staff tallies the ‘votes’ and awards a prize for first-second-third place, plus the organization receives the amount that was donated by these votes. OARS was honored to be awarded First Place again this year.


Heartland Men's Chorus of Kansas City

The Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City has honored OARS by presenting two concerts in Eureka Springs to help raise money for the OARS programs and projects. The Chorus did not charge OARS for these concerts, and all ticket sales and donations went directly to OARS after paying for a very few minor expenses. The Chorus paid for the many details such as renting the Auditorium including tech support, printing the tickets/postcards/posters, transportation and housing of the chorus members, and many other details.

A review in Pitch Weekly and the Kansas City Star stated that the Heartland Men’s Chorus “consistently proves itself one of the most exciting and talented choral groups working in the Midwest” adding that the chorus has “amazing clarity, precision and refinement – and, when needed, plenty of power.”

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 have undertaken."
"...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."