We are thrilled to announce our 2017 recipient charities for the funds raised by HiBearNation 23 events.

2017 Recipient Charities

Bethany Place

Bethany Place is the largest non-profit AIDS Service Organization in the St. Louis Metro East area. In a spirit of compassion and justice, Bethany Place provides comprehensive case management and programming focused on promoting wellness and serving all people living with HIV/AIDS.

Bethany Place provides comprehensive case management and programming focused on promoting wellness and serving all people living with HIV/AIDS. Bethany Place is dedicated to serving our neighbors in eleven counties of the Metro-East who are affected by HIV disease. With an emphasis on wellness, our staff continually strives to provide all clients with the support they need to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

Our staff has created a caring, non-judgmental climate at Bethany Place that is sensitive to each person’s individual needs and beliefs and where all are respected. The circle of our ministry includes collaboration with individuals, community, religious, civic, and health-related organizations.

Learn more about Bethany Place by visiting


St. Louis Effort for AIDS

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, known in the community as “EFA”, is the region’s oldest AIDS Service Organization (ASO). Founded as a nonprofit organization in December 1985, today EFA takes the lead in implementing innovative approaches that address the rapidly changing care, treatment and prevention environment for people living with or at risk of beinginfected with HIV. As an advocate for our clients and a comprehensive service provider, our goal is to support and enhance the health of people living in our communities.

Their mission is to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services to those affected by the disease.

Learn more about Saint Louis Effort for AIDS by visiting


Doorways is an interfaith non-profit organization which provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Safe affordable housing, which is critical for diverse individuals during various phases of health and illness, has become a pressing need. DOORWAYS serves all people affected by HIV/AIDS regardless of age, color, creed, physical or mental disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and expression, national origin, race, religion, pregnancy, sex or sexual orientation.

Through direct service delivery and the efforts of identified program partners, DOORWAYS’ programs and services benefit those affected by HIV/AIDS in the 15-county St. Louis metropolitan area, 62 under-served counties in outstate Missouri and another 55 under-served counties in outstate Illinois.

The organization recognizes a special responsibility to respond to the poorest and most vulnerable of the community: the homeless. Many of DOORWAYS’ clients have no income at all when they enroll in service, yet no one is denied access to DOORWAYS’ housing because of an inability to pay. Reflecting the picture of the community’s most at-risk, vast majority of those who benefit from DOORWAYS’ services live below federal poverty guidelines, 74% are African-American, 32% are women, and fully one-third are children. DOORWAYS’ clients range in age from 10 to 71.

Learn more about Doorways by visiting

By attending HiBearNation 23, you are helping raise funds for these awesome regional causes and have a great time in the process! All proceeds from our event over and above our costs go toward these annual donations. Thank you in advance for your support!