The Conn family takes great pride in the Springfield community. We are dedicated to supporting local initiatives and projects that will enhance the quality of our precious city, as well as the life of its residents.

The Conn family and their related properties are deeply invested in the community-at-large. Conn Family Community Works is a 501(c)3 extension of Conn's Hospitality Group, Inc. that coordinates most of our donations and charitable giving, community partnerships, and non-profit event planning/execution.

Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival

Other cities have craft beer festivals. Why not Springfield?

It all started with a casual conversation between a few local Springfield business owners. They wanted to bring a quality beer fest to Springfield, and to support Midwest craft brewers. Donating the profits to a local charity was an easy decision. Making it all a really good time was the easiest decision of all.

The first Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival was held September 11, 2010 and was a great success! Not only was it a great time with some outstanding craft brews and great food, the organizers were able to make a sizable donation to the Animal Protective League. They decided immediately they had to make this an annual event with a different recipient charity each year.

Learn more about the SOB Festival

Moonlight Market

Moonlight Market highlights local Artists and Artisans from around the Central Illinois area with all vendor fees being donated to Conn Family Community Works, NFP!

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Conn Family Community Works Garden

As a result of the 2014 Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival, Generation Healthy Kids was able to create what quickly became their flagship garden project. With a small abandoned lot provided by the Conn family, the team created 20 raised garden beds and planted in the spring of 2015. Thanks to great compost and heavy spring rains- not to mention the dozens of volunteers- the garden quickly took off. Over 1600 lbs of food was generated from less than 1/4 acre of garden space in the first year alone. 

  • 400+ volunteer hours contributed

  • 1600+ lbs of food produced (at least- who knows what neighbors might harvest between worktimes!)

  • 30 adults participating at least semi-regularly

  • 20 kids participating at least semi-regularly