Below are some of our past beneficiaries.  Each year’s beneficiaries are selected from an application and review process.  The application process opens early in the year and closes by August 31st.

Gay & Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks

Supports the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the greater Springfield, Missouri area.

  • Providing services to more than 1200 area youth annually
  • Longest running LGBT community center in the state of Missouri
  • Provides a place for support groups to meet
  • Galaxy’s Open Forum – a safe place for LGBT teens to meet and discuss issues important to their lives


AIDS Project of the Ozarks

APO’s mission is to provide education to the general public and services to persons with HIV infection, their families, and significant others in a confidential, caring environment.

  • Serving over 600 clients in 29 counties throughout SW Missouri
  • 26 Staff Members, On-site Physician, Four satellite offices
  • Offering Medical care, Dental care & Lab services
  • Emotional Support & Education
  • On and Off-site HIV/STD testing

Promo Fund

Missouri’s only statewide rights advocacy organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through community outreach and education.

  • Builds alliances with other progressive groups and reaches out to marginalized segments of the LGBT community
  • PROMO FUND identifies issues of importance to Missouri’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and
  • Educates both members of the LGBT community, as well as the community at large, on important issues

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Ensures that every member of every school community is valued and respected.

  • New to Springfield in 2014
  • Promotes research on LGBT issues in education
  • Researches impacts of bullying in schools
  • Provides issues education on local, state and national level

PFLAG of The Ozarks

Promotes the health and well-being of Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through:

  • Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ
  • Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges that facing people who are LGBTQ
  • Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ.

Men’s Chorus of The Ozarks

The Men’s Chorus of the Ozarks seeks to offer innovative and provocative musical performances for the educational and cultural enrichment of the Ozarks.

  • Entertainment
    The Chorus creates a sense of hospitality, fun and enjoyment in it performances.
  • Enlightenment
    The Chorus encourages new ways of thinking about people, their challenges and achievements.
  • Empowerment
    The Chorus install a more robust strength of character and reassurance in all who hear its voices.

Rare Breed Youth Services

Provides a clean, safe, sober place for runaway and at-risk youth in Springfield.

  • Part of The Kitchen, Inc since 2000
  • Free and confidential services to youth 13 to 20
  • Serves hundreds of youth each year, many of whom are LGBT

Queen City Voices

Through music we promote equality and positive enrichment for the lives of our members, the Springfield queen city area LGBTQSA and our community at large.

Empower Missouri

Empower Missouri advocates for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research, while envisioning Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential.


November 14, 2020

6pm to midnight

University Plaza

Hotel & Convention Center


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Springfield Black Tie, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions made to Springfield Black Tie, Inc. are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code and bequests, devises, transfers or gifts are qualified as tax deductible under section 2055, 2106 or 222 of the Code.