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.

Gearhead Garage Sale Press Release

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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.

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.

Schedule

July Meeting in Review

11695458_511157925701888_5567515623829782508_nIf you couldn’t make it to the meeting, or need to review dates and information from tonight’s meeting, you’ll find what you need to know here. Our congratulations to our friends at Bearded Monkey SC on their first successful competition. Bearded Monkey SC donated nearly $1200 to one of their local charity organizations, Heartsprings. QCBMF President Justin Bolin and member Bill Petersen brought home wins.

Our July volunteer event is a meal for our friends in need at the Veterans’ Homecoming Center. We’ll be serving at 1:00 P.M. on July 18. Please arrive at 12:50 if you would like to serve.

We’re serving up grilled burgers, chips, baked beans, deviled eggs, watermelon, cucumber salad and dessert. Check the facebook event page for specifics on what’s needed for the meal. Our thanks go to Patton Alley Pub for the generous donation of 80 lbs. of ground beef!

In the support of the Gathering Friends and all they do for those in need, we’ll now be passing the hat to collect a monthly commitment to supply $45.00 to the Gathering Friends and other outreach organizations to buy bus passes to provide transportation for those in need. These passes help individuals get to work, job training, doctor’s appointments and meet the basic needs of daily life that you and I take for granted.

In August, join us for two events. We have a scheduled street clean up on August 8th, meeting in the Incredible Pizza Parking lot at 10:00 A.M. This typically takes less than an hour and you’ll be on your way with a good deed done.

Additionally, we’ll have a booth at the Ozarks Mini Maker Faire on August 29th. You’re welcome to come staff our booth, or volunteer for the event itself through the link. Our own Vice-President, Jeremy Medley, is volunteer coordinator for this event.

Finally, in September, we’re planning an adults-only float trip on 9/12 on the Eleven Point River and a date to volunteer at the Haven Animal Rescue, still to be announced.

Volunteer with the Rare Breed June 6!

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Queen City Beards and Moustaches (and Whiskerinas)!

Volunteers are needed to help out one of our favorite causes, the Rare Breed. They’re having their 15 year anniversary party and could use some hands.

June 6th at Grant Beach Park from 11:30-3:00

Volunteers are needed from 11:00-3:00 if possible. Even if a few guys wanted to pop in from 12-2 and just play some games, that would help a lot!

Anyone serving food should plan to be there from 11-4 or so, if you’re able. Sides and desserts for a simple hot dog meal are still needed, as well. If you can’t make it to the party, get ahold of a board member and we’ll help to coordinate getting goodies to them. The Rare Breed has especially requested the guys come out for this one. A lot of these kids are lacking male role models, so this is a chance to have some fun and do some good.

2015 Registration & Judging FAQ’s

Moustache_questionIt has come to our attention that there is confusion regarding registration and judging with the Facial Hair League involvement in our event this year. Here are some additional details that will hopefully help clarify the registration and judging process this year based on some questions we’ve received in the last few days.

  1. I’ve pre-registered online, so do I have to register at the event, too, before 5pm?  Yes! Check-in and registration booths are open on the day of the event from 2-5pm. Upon arrival at the 319 Event Center, please check-in at the QCBMF Registration Booth. The volunteers will make note that you have arrived and provide you with your registration packet, including your FREE t-shirt (if you pre-registered before April 20). After checking in at the QCBMF Registration Booth, you will then go to the FHL Registration Booth where you will be assigned your contestant number and FHL lanyard.
  2. I don’t do apps and I don’t own a smartphone, do I have to have this app in order to compete?  No. After you’ve checked in with QCBMF and then go to the FHL Registration Booth, they will set up an FHL account for you and take your photo (optional) for the software application before assigning you a contestant number and lanyard. If you have a smartphone and wish to participate in the FHL app and share with friends who can play along and possibly win free swag, download the app here before arriving to save time at the FHL booth.
  3. Will the judging process rely solely on the FHL app?  No. Contestants will be judged by five guest judges who will be present at the event. The FHL app is still in its pilot phase and is being used to compliment our event, provide app users with a fun way to be engaged in the process and possibly win free swag if they happen to vote for the same winners the local judges do.
  4. Who are the guest judges?  This includes returning judge and mustachioed local news icon, Tom Trtan, as well as Jrod Rizz from the Tulsa Inner Thigh Ticklers Society, Troy Hawley from the NWA Society of Bearded or Mustachioed Gentlemen, Brad Jackson of Roughneck Beard Company from St. Louis, MO and Brett Strauss, founder of the Facial Hair League from Texas.
  5. How are we being judged?  All five judges will be using a point system from 1 to 10.5 7 to 10 (this was updated after speaking with FHL at the Meet & Greet). All points given by the judges for each contestant will be added together to come up with a total score per contestant. The three contestants from each category with the highest number of points will determine the placing contestants.
  6. If I’m among the top three for my category, what do I win?  First place contestants will receive a custom-made steel trophy provided by our sponsor, Sabo Fabrication Shop. Second and third place contestants will receive plaques. All placing contestants will also receive free gifts provided by our many raffle sponsors. There will also be a ‘Best In Show’ trophy, provided by our sponsoring artist, Scottoons, given to the contestant who stands out from all the rest. This will be given at the judges discretion.
  7. The FHL app will not let me sign up, it is timing out when I try to register. What do I do?  If you find you’re having trouble registering via the FHL app, it could be due to high traffic. We recommend trying again later or simply wait and let them help you get registered at the FHL Registration Booth on the day of the event.

 

Media Advisory – Six local charities receiving proceeds from 6th Annual Facial Hair Competition

2015 Comp PosterAfter a community vote earlier this year, Gathering Friends, Rare Breed Youth Services, Ozarks Food Harvest, Harmony House, Isabel’s House and O-Steam, are all directly benefiting from the 6th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation’s next facial hair competition on Saturday, May 2, at 319 Event Center in Springfield, Missouri. Registration begins at 2pm and the competition kicks off with the children’s fake beard and moustache category at 5 pm. The adult categories will begin at 6:15 pm. The official after party for this event will immediately follow at Patton Alley Pub, next door to venue.

“We were thrilled to be chosen to be the recipients for this year’s contest,” says Terra Salinas, Treasurer for the Gathering Friends, “but at the same time, we struggled with having to ‘compete’ for votes.  We wanted to do right by the Gathering Friends, but also recognize that all these other organizations make a big difference in our community. So, as a board, we decided to share with them!”

This is the first time the group has supported this many organizations with the annual event. There are 14 categories contestants can elect to compete in, including the children’s category. Adults are encouraged to pre-register before April 19 online to receive a free souvenir t-shirt.  Event costs are as follows: adult contestants, $15 donation; child contestants and spectators, a five dollar donation.

Eighty-eight contestants participated in last year’s event that rose over $10k for Rare Breed Youth Services. This year, there are already seven states represented through pre-registration. Winning contestants receive trophies as well as multiple prizes for first through third places.

New this year, the group welcomes the founder of national organization, the Facial Hair League, Brett Strauss, to the judge’s panel. Local moustache icon, Tom Trtan, is also returning for the fourth year in a row. They will be joined by members from Arkansas and Oklahoma facial hair clubs.

Thanks to local and national sponsors, nearly $10,000 has already been raised. These sponsors include InsulUSA, DeLong Plumbing, 417 Vapor, New ERA/Rheem, Lucky Scruff, US97, Mother’s Brewing Company and many others.  Their net fundraising goal is $15k and the group hopes to surpass it through contestant fees, silent auction and raffle at the event. To date, over $7k in items has been donated for the silent auction.

“This competition has been growing [pun intended] more every year,” says Justin Bolin, President of the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation.  ‘We’re truly excited to have been able to help make an impact in our community over the last six years.”

For more information, pre-registration and to donate online, visit www.queencitybeards.com/competition.

Monthly Meetings at Patton Alley Pub

Patton Alley PubHello friends….we have some great news!

We’re heading back to home base for our monthly meetings, beginning this month. Our meetings, always held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, will now be held at Patton Alley Pub.

While we will miss seeing our friends at Mother’s Tasting Room, we realize the need for consistency AND Patton Alley is giving us some #QCBMF perks that we can’t resist, like in-house discounts on food and drinks on meeting nights. They are also giving us a big welcome back with some appetizers on the house next Wednesday. Thanks, Eric & the gang!

Subscribe to our Google calendar if you’d like to receive instant schedule updates on your smartphone device’s calendar app.

It’s more important than ever to make good use of our time spent together as we’re preparing to support six non-profit organizations with this year’s competition proceeds. Good. Stuff.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you next week while we share some great announcements and begin promoting the competition. Oh, and we’ll have the awesome QCBMF swag at the meeting!

Just a reminder: this Thursday, February 5, we are helping sort food at Ozarks Food Harvest, 6-9pm. Contact Melanie if you need more info or find the Facebook event here. You need to RSVP because OFH needs a head count.

Cheers!

Everyone Wins

Vote_ResultsWe’re happy to announce that the voting contest is over and there’s an interesting twist this year. This quote was pulled directly from the Gathering Friends’ Facebook group page.

“See those numbers? They’re beautiful. They’re beautiful and it’s not because Gathering Friends has the highest percentage.

Those numbers are beautiful because they’re proof that everything counts. Every vote counts. Every supporter counts. Every moment spent bettering our home community counts.

When the Board of Gathering Friends was notified that our organization would be included in this event, we were thrilled. It has been an honor to be included in this group of outstanding givers. But we also struggled. We struggled with having to “compete” for votes. We wanted to do right by Gathering Friends without downplaying the value of all the organizations.

The decision was made to share the QCBMF donation with all the chosen organizations. Whatever funds are raised at the 6th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition will be split based on percentage of votes.

All charities count. All volunteers count. All hours spent helping others count.

Everything counts.”

NOW – let’s blow the roof off of this year’s competition and raise $15,000 to be divided among all of these great organizations!

Cast your vote NOW for the beneficiary of the 6th annual competition proceeds!

screenshot_pollWe’re excited to announce we are gearing up for the 6th Annual Beard & Moustache Competition for charity. While we chose the non-profit organizations who would benefit from our facial hair fundraising during the first five years, we’ve decided to leave it up to YOU this year. Last year, we were able to raise more than $10,000 for our charity, so this means that the organization chosen to by the community could receive a hefty chunk of change!

Our #QCBMF members have carefully selected six organizations they feel needs support and are asking the community to make the final decision through an online voting campaign. Here’s a little information about the organizations in the running. You can click on their logos to visit their websites to learn more.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VOTING PAGE!

Voting begins at 6 a.m. on Monday, December 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2015.

Gathering Friends

Gathering_Friends_logoGathering Friends for the Homeless is a community of friends with a common heart for supporting our homeless neighbors like family while forging lifelong friendships. We serve Springfield, MO by focusing on the needs of the growing homeless and food insecure population. We are grounded primarily in providing complete meals to the homeless, but we also provide hygiene items, tents, sleeping bags, cold and hot weather comfort items, snacks, bus passes, and guidance on what support services are available in Springfield and how to obtain them. We perform a weekly downtown street outreach, as well, to reach those who might not spend their time in any of the day shelters that we serve.

Gathering Friends is a volunteer-only nonprofit organization, supported 100% by in-kind and monetary donations. They are not affiliated with any other organization, religious or secular.

Rare Breed

Rare_Breed_LogoRare Breed Youth Services (RBYS) a program of The Kitchen Inc . helps keep kids safe and off Springfield streets. We’ve served homeless and high risk disconnected youth for over a decade through our Street Outreach Drop-In Center, Transitional Living Apartment Program, and  now Safe Place Springfield. Through working with us, hundreds of youth have set goals, achieved stability, completed education, become employed and moved forward in their lives.

The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center (RBYOC) serves youth ages 13 through 20 and fills a gap in local services by focusing on 17 year old youth that are estranged from their families, too young to access services on their own, yet too old to be served by the state children services safety net. The average age of participants at first visit is 17.3 years with 55% being male and 45% female.

The RBYS helps youth leave the streets and serves to reduce sexual abuse, exploitation and dangerous behaviors. The center focuses on individual personal development through the use of staff role modeling and mentoring, education, empowerment, and the provision of positive youth development opportunities resulting in increased self-esteem, self-worth and safety for youth.

Isabel’s House

Isabels_House_logoThe mission of Isabel’s House, the Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, is to provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis.  By partnering with families and the community, we will strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

O-STEAM

O_Steam_LogoO-STEAM is promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math throughout the entire Ozarks region. They are a service organization which strives to engage the public through a news and informational website with a regional Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math focus as well as events and speaking engagements on Science, Technology, engineering, the Arts, and Math. They provide information ranging from regional cutting-edge businesses, PreK-12, afterschool/informal education, internships and workforce opportunities with an entrepreneur fortitude and focus. The facilitate a collaborative effort in the community to inter-weave the benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math along with a strong focus of entrepreneurship in the Ozarks region.

In today’s technology driven environment , that mission facilitates the necessary learning opportunities our public needs to meet the challenges of STEM education and the need to encourage young people and transitioning adults into science careers to meet the demands of global competition and skills needed for 21st century careers.

Ozarks Food Harvest Weekend Backpack Program

OFH Logo Stacked_With Text copy_for QCBMFOne in four children in the Ozarks are at risk of going hungry, especially over the weekends when they don’t have access to school lunches or after-school meal programs. Fortunately, the regional food bank, Ozarks Food Harvest, has an innovative program to address this need. The Weekend Backpack Program provides food insecure children with a bag of nutritious child-friendly food items for them to take home over the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry. Some examples include shelf-stable pasta meals, soup, fruit and vegetable cups, cereals and milk. The bags, assembled by OFH volunteers, also contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. This school year, OFH will distribute 55,000 food bags—more than 320,000 meals—to 46 schools located in 12 SWMO counties. And the program is always growing in schools with a free and reduced lunch rate of 50 percent or greater. In order to ensure uniformity and nutritional value, The Food Bank purchases these food items, instead of relying on donated goods, making it an expensive program for the nonprofit. “The real thank you messages come from the students themselves,” one school principal shared. “[They] perhaps don’t express their gratitude in words, but through increased attention spans, greater amounts of energy, better attendance rates, improved grades, and the smile that comes with knowing where their next meal is coming from.”

Harmony House

Harmony_House logo w taglineEstablished in 1976, Harmony House is Missouri’s oldest domestic violence shelter and has served over 16,000 survivors of domestic violence since first opening its’ doors. Our mission is to provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence while promoting the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse. Harmony House provides shelter and a range of support services to both women and children, including clothing, food and other necessities; case management; life skills classes; childcare and children’s advocacy services; court, legal accompaniment and advocacy; transitional housing; employment assistance; transportation and a crisis hotline answered 24/7. For more information on Harmony House, please call 417-837-7700 or visit us online at  www.myharmonyhouse.org