GLEE Raises More Than $500 for AIDS Project of Ozarks

Taylor Thatcher, Amber Marcucci, and Jessica Wood deliver check to AIDS Project of the OzarksJust as the summer was kicking off, Forest's GLEE (Gays Lesbians and Everybody Else) Student Group brought the heat for an important cause. On Friday, May 25th the group held a drag show at Club Vibe to raise money for AIDS Project of the Ozarks (APO). The event featured the talents of Bela Dahmer, Sasha Royale, Akasha Royale, Lelani Masters, River Wilde, Alec Steele, and DJ Kristopher. It was also hosted by Forest's Director of Marketing, Will Carter.

Glee said the fundraiser for APO was in the making for a long time.

"When GLEE began two years ago, the past officers came up with the idea of doing a charity event and involving a drag performance. When the 2011-2012 officers were elected, we started our first meeting discussing and coming up with ideas on how to make the concept of having a drag show charity event a reality," said GLEE President Taylor Thatcher.

GLEE eventually chose APO because they are a local organization that provides a vital resource to the community and supports the prevention of HIV. Through the combination of the volunteer entertainers, door sales, and raffle ticket sales, GLEE raised nearly 550 dollars for the organization.

"Many people from the Forest community and the community at large attended the event, which made it fun, exciting, and a fantastic night that I will never forget," said Thatcher. "I want to thank all of the people involved in the event from the D.J, to the performers, to the master of ceremonies for agreeing to participate in the fundraiser out of the goodness in their hearts. It really showed me how the LGBT community and the larger Springfield community can pull together to fight and raise awareness for the prevention of HIV."

View photos from the charity drag show below.