APO would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their continued support and dedication to its mission and clients. Without their continued support, APO would not be the service organization that it is today. To find out how you can help, please contact us at 417.881.1900 or (toll free) 800.743.5767.
Dr. Wolfe Gerecht
APO would like to extend a special thank you to our retired Medical Director and Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Wolfe Gerecht. Dr. Gerecht was instrumental in APO’s early successes. He stood on the front lines of HIV/AIDS treatment and care in the early days, fighting against all odds, for the lives of those infected with AIDS. Dr. Gerecht was a constant advocate for his patients, and made a huge impact on the lives of so many. APO and the community are a much better place because of the kindness and determination of this man. In honor of Dr. Gerecht, we have named our clinic the Dr. Wolfe Gerecht Clinic, and will continue to honor his commitment to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Grove Pharmacy & Spa
Gary Grove, and all the staff at Grove Pharmacy and Spa have been instrumental in APO’s ability to provide top notch services to our clients. They continually go above and beyond to make sure clients receive their life-saving medications. Grove has been a long time sponsor of the AIDSWALK and the Ozarks Red Ribbon Ride, as well as a long time community advisor for our organization. We are so honored to call them friends and so blessed to work alongside such dedicated and amazing people.
M.A.C. Cosmetics and the M.A.C. Global AIDS fund have become great friends to APO. The wonderful staff at the M.A.C. Cosmetics counter in Dillards has continually gone above and beyond to raise funds and awareness about APO. The artists and community leaders at MAC Cosmetics and have used the M.A.C. Global AIDS Fund to match donations for both the AIDSWALK and the Red Ribbon Ride for many years, and have raised over $100,000 for our organization. We are so thankful for their continued support, and honored to work alongside such committed and caring individuals.
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
For many years, Ridgecrest Baptist Church has given APO and its clients an array of very generous donations. Ridgecrest is often the organization that stocks our client pantry with needed toiletries and household cleaning items. The church also assists clients who are in financial distress by donating money to help clients pay utility bills in the dead of winter or to assist them with rent. Ridgecrest members are also quick to put on their walking shoes and form teams to raise money for APO’s annual AIDS Walk. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the care and commitment of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
FOCUS of Springfield
FOCUS, a group of local, caring, gay and lesbian individuals, graciously donates to APO every year. Not only do they occasionally stock the client pantry, but they are also one of the biggest contributors for the AIDS Walk, forming large walk teams, supplying the water stations, and hosting an enormous garage sale to benefit the event.
Springfield Black Tie
Springfield Black Tie is southwest Missouri’s premier fundraising event benefitting local and state-wide charities which serve the LGBT community. APO has been fortunate to be one of those benefitting charities. The Black Tie event has become one of the hottest charities galas of the year, which not only provides much needed revenue for several amazing organizations but also provides a platform for education and awareness. We are eternally grateful to the Springfield Black Tie for their dedication to this community, and honored to be one of their benefitting charities.
Galloway Station Bar and Grill
Galloway Station, a wonderful bar and grill in southeast Springfield, has been the home of the Red Ribbon Ride since the event’s beginning. Klaus, John and the entire staff make the cyclists feel welcomed and relaxed after an arduous ride. Galloway Station has generously provided and prepared the food for the Bike Ride every year. We are so thankful for all that they do for APO, and the Red Ribbon Ride. Their atmosphere is the perfect fit for our event and truly makes us feel at home.
North Point Church
North Point Church is an organization on a mission; A noble mission to care and provide for their community. The congregation at North Point Church has been very generous to the clients of APO. They have sponsored several client events, including a day of pampering for the women we serve, and have blessed APO with several substantial donations. Recently North Point Church gathered hundreds of volunteers to orchestrate an awe inspiring cheering section for the Red Ribbon Ride. The volunteers gathered and organized 500 pantry packs for our clients in between each ride, made signs of support, and made an enormous impact on our event. There are simply not enough words to express our gratitude to the church and their volunteer force for what they have done for our hearts, our minds and our organization.
United Healthcare is a major sponsor for both the Red Ribbon Ride and the AIDSWALK. It is only through the generosity of good friends like United HealthCare that we are able to continue providing care and support to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Other Major Contributors
Missouri Foundation for Health
The Medicine Shoppe
GLO Community Center
Big Fish Screenprinting
National Ave Christian Church
Brentwood Christian Church
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Mother’s Brewing Company
Closer Walk Christian Church
Queen City Cycles