Some noteable OARS Past Events
Christmas 2014: OARS wins 2nd place this year at Crescent Hotel and Spa Annual Christmas Forest Charity Event
As reported by the Eureka Springs newspaper, The Eureka Springs Independent:
"The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa recently gave checks generated by the annual Christmas Forest on the hotel grounds. Charities decorate the trees and the public votes their favorite with dollar donations.
"... A check for $812 was presented to the second top vote earner, Ozark AIDS Resources and Services, represented in the photo at right by board member Greg Hein and clinic coordinator Nita Sue Stamps (center), by hotel general manager Jack Moyer (far right) and activities director Mary Howze (far left).
First place earner was Arkansas Children's Hospital Jimi Tucker Fan Club, and 3rd place was Wounded Warrior. In the past seven years, the forest has earned $17,959.80 in charitable donations.
Congratulations to OARS!
November 2013: Heartland Men's Chorus Returns to Eureka SpringsOARS is proud to announce that the Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City, Missouri, will be returning to Eureka Springs to perform a benefit concert for Ozarks AIDS Resources & Services (OARS) on Saturday, November, 23, 2013, 7 pm, at The Auditorium. As stated in reviews from Pitch Weekly and the Kansas City Star: Heartland Men’s Chorus “consistently proves itself one of the most exciting and talented choral groups working in the Midwest.” And the chorus has “amazing clarity, precision and refinement – and, when needed, plenty of power.”
Just ask anyone who was at the concert at The Aud in March, 2011 to benefit OARS. They can tell you what a fantastic evening this was. Added to that, almost $19,000 was raised for our local AIDS organization. All monies raised stay here in Carroll County to assist OARS with their programs and projects, including a free HIV/AIDS clinic currently serving 55 patients.
The Chorus will present their acclaimed 2012 musical documentary program “When I Knew” which brings together music with narration and visuals to share personal coming-out stories from Chorus members. Conceived and created by Artistic Director Dr. Joseph Nadeau, this performance will mark the final time that Dr. Nadeau conducts the program as he has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. A program that is both moving and entertaining, the premiere performances of the program in Kansas City and Denver last year were narrated by Dan Savage as he and the Chorus shared messages of hope and healing, and the promise that “It Gets Better.” In the second act of the concert, HMC will give a preview of their upcoming Holiday Concert “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Heartland Men's Chorus March 2011 Concert in Eureka Springs Raises $19,000 to Benefit OARS
On Saturday, March 12, 2011, 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 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."
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.
2006 Birthday Party
2003 Birthday Party