QCBMF at the Mystery Hour

This is a new and exciting fundraiser for the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks; we’ll get a percentage of the door and want to pack the house. Please come join us!

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Official Press Release:

QCBMf Partners with the Mystery Hour to Support Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

Springfield, MO, January 17, 2017–Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is excited to announce that we’re pairing with local late-night talk show, The Mystery Hour, to support the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks on March 24, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. at the Gillioz Theatre. The Mystery Hour generously donates 10 percent of the door to their non-profit partner; all funds raised by QCBMF will be added to our check to the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks in May, 2017.

The Cloth Diaper Lending Library is an exciting addition to the services of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks and we’re all so excited to be helping. I was a cloth diaper mom myself, and am so glad that families in need will be able to keep their babies happy, healthy and dry, said Media Coordinator Michelle Hethcoat of QCBMF.

Please join us to laugh, support a local show, and help families (and their babies!) at this filming of the Mystery Hour.

Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is committing to supporting our community through donations, fundraising, and volunteer efforts; we invite the community to join us each month on the second Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. or to find us on Facebook.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michelle Hethcoat at 417-880-3509 or email at queencitybeards@gmail.com.

Our Year in Review

2016-competitionAnother year down. In the last year, we gathered diapers for the Ozarks Diaper Bank, prepared meals for the Veteran’s Coming Home center and Harmony House, helped out at the Haven (and our members took home two furry friends!), raised $14,000 for the Springfield Community Gardens, devoted a morning to working at the garden, cleaned up our section of Campbell, and gathered food for Harvesters in Kansas City. We welcomed a tiny new member with a baby shower, had a 4th of July party, and celebrated a few birthdays in there as well. I’m sure that isn’t quite all, but I’m writing this from memory.

Our members took home trophies at competitions across the country, from Colorado to California to Tennessee, including a number of first place wins.

We took a big step when we completed our 501C3 filing with the IRS, making us an official non-profit agency. Comment and share your favorite QCBMF memory from the year.

 

Gearhead Garage Sale Press Release

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Contact

Joshua Hethcoat

Cell

417-880-6654

Email

queencitybeards@gmail.com

Website

Queencitybeards.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2016

QCBMf Makes donation to Springfield Tool Library

Springfield, MO, November 21, 2016–Following a September 2016 “Gearhead Garage Sale” to raise funds, Queen City Beard and Moustache Foundation will be delivering a donation of two toolboxes, one for home repairs and one for automotive repairs, to the Springfield Tool Library, a project of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The Tool Library is an amazing resource for our community, and we’re excited to be able to help. Much of their budget goes to liability insurance, so the Tool Library relies upon donations to make tools available within our community, said QCBMF Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator, Joshua Hethcoat.

Our toolboxes will be delivered today, 11/21/2016 at 4:30 PM.

Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is committing to supporting our community through donations, fundraising, and volunteer efforts; we invite the community to join us each month on the second Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. at McSalty’s Pizza on East Battlefield Road.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joshua Hethcoat at 417-880-6654 or email at queencitybeards@gmail.com.

Our Charity Is Chosen

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At the October meeting, we voted and chose our charity for the 2017 Competition; the winner was the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. We’ll be funding a cloth diaper library lending and mentorship program. How exciting!

Here’s what we need from y’all:

  1. Sponsors–you’ll find all the sponsorship information on the Sponsors page. Feel free to make contacts for us. the sponsorship letter can be downloaded and printed from the Sponsors page.
  2. A logo–please submit your designs to queencitybeards@gmail.com.
  3. Volunteers to help with competition planning and activities.
  4. Suggestions for bands and printers.

The Beards will be pouring beers at BeerFest for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, so come out and see us!

Our next volunteer event is the Crosslines Christmas Store on 12/17. It’s great fun to play an elf.

September Update

First, the big and bad news! We’re officially a 501(c)(3).  Shirts are in and available for delivery. The Maker Faire was a success, and Josh and Jeremy’s robot, Makey, made the front page of Make Magazine’s web site.

Upcoming events:

September 24: Gearhead Garage Sale (and Colorado competition)

October 1: Grant Proposals Due

October 1: Pumpkin Days in Republic, MO (bake sale donations by 9/30 appreciated!)

October 8: Street Clean Up

October 14-15: BAM STL Competition

October 30: Harmony House Meal

Please be here for the October meeting! We’ll be voting on our 2017 recipient and taking a group photo for the American Beard Club calendar.

 

Call for Grant Proposals

New Logo SlideIt’s that time of year again! You’ll find our call for grant proposals below, or you can download it here.  Call for grant proposals 2017.

The planning has begun for the 2017 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Beard and Moustache Competition. In 2016, the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation raised more than $14,000 for the Springfield Community Gardens. We are excited to begin planning the 2017 competition.

For the eighth annual competition in Springfield, we have decided to ask local organizations to submit proposals sharing why they are the best choice to receive the funds raised at this event. In order to apply, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit and must be local to Springfield or the surrounding area. Those are the only requirements for application. Both small and large organizations, as well as those that have previously benefited, will be considered.

If you’re chosen, you’ll receive your check in May 2017. We would like to plan a follow-up interview with your organization in the fall of 2017, to tell our donors and contributors what you’ve done.

What We Need from You:
1. Who you are. Tell us about the history of your organization and introduce yourselves.
2. What you do. Share your mission and tell us who or what you help.
3. What you wish you could do. We understand that funding is an issue for every nonprofit. Share your plan if you’re the recipient of the funds from the 2017 competition. This might simply involve funding existing operations or might involve a new project.

You’re welcome to write a traditional grant proposal. If this doesn’t suit you, feel free to make us a video, write us a song or create an art project. Provide your submission via email to queencitybeards@gmail.com (if you would prefer to present your submission on paper, please let us know via email and arrangements will be made).

All submissions are due by October 1, 2016. The QCBMF e-board will review all submissions, choose the three best, and take those to the October meeting. At the meeting, all members will join us in selecting our 2017 charity. We will announce the beneficiary of the 2017 competition following the October meeting of QCBMF.

 

A Look Back

Recently, we asked last year’s primary recipient, the Gathering Friends, for a follow-up. They were kind enough to oblige and let us know what they were able to do with our funds–we’d like to remind everyone that the Gathering Friends generously shared with a number of other organizations last year, so did not take the full proceeds of the 2015 competition.

According to the Gathering Friends, our 2015 donation enabled them to:

  • Buy a large number of single bus passes, as well as weekly and monthly for individuals with greater needs. Bus passes enable those in need to get to doctor’s appointments, social services visits, obtain services, and go to job interviews. (QCBMF also passes the hat monthly to buy a 60-count book of bus passes)
  • Pay to keep an account open at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy. This account was used to pay for antibiotic prescriptions for those in need.
  • Provide some of those in need with emergency dental care and access to vision care and eyeglasses.
  • Help several people get or maintain housing by paying rental deposits and City Utilities bills.
  • In addition, our donations enabled the purchase of 40 pairs of new boots this winter to keep feet warm and healthy.

We are so very happy to have been able to help, and hope to continue to in the future–you’ll see us serving meals at least a few times a year.

Schedule of Events

Whether you’re just coming around the block or you’re travelling to this year’s competition, you’ll find a full schedule of events here to print or save to your phone.

Friday April 15, 2016 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Join us at Mother’s Brewing (http://mothersbrewing.com/) for a Meet & Greet. There’s beer and cider available. Mother’s does not serve food, but is close to a number of downtown restaurants. Mother’s Brewing is located @ 215 S. Grant, Springfield MO. We’ll make our apologies now—QCBMF will be a bit scarce at the Meet & Greet. Many of us will be attending a wedding of group members! They rescheduled their wedding to make it to the competition.

Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00 to 1:00 PM Tour of Mother’s Brewing Company. Please arrive by 11:55. Samples will be provided and the tasting room is open after the tour.

Saturday April 16, 2016 2:00 to 5:00 PM Registration is open! Come in, hang out, check out our silent auction and raffle items and register if you haven’t at 319 Event Center @ 319 W. Walnut.

Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00 to 6:00 PM The Junior Competition begins at 5:00 PM. Kids up to age 17 are welcome to enter. We’ll wrap it and be ready to begin the adult competition by 6:00 PM. Children may stay after the kids’ competition, but you’re responsible for them! Saturday April 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM The Adult Competition begins at 6:00 PM and typically wraps up between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. Food will be available at 319 Event Center, as well as a full bar.

Saturday April 16, 2016 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM After-party at Patton Alley Pub featuring Lilly Bee and the Pollinators. Patton Alley is located just down the street from 319.

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