14th Annual Arvest Hoopfest Tips Off Dec. 6

Monday, November 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Two-time defending champion Rogers Heritage High School will host Mt. Vernon (Mo.) on opening night of the 14th annual Arvest Hoopfest, to be played Dec. 6-8.

In addition to Rogers Heritage and Mt. Vernon, the field will include: Carl Junction (Mo.), Clarksville, Fort Smith Southside, Rogers, Waynesville (Mo.) and Webb City (Mo.). Hight-Jackson Associates is the presenting sponsor of the tournament, which includes teams from outside Arkansas for the 11th consecutive year.

“Arvest Hoopfest has become synonymous with the start of basketball season, and this year is no different,” Rogers Public Schools athletics director Keith Kilgore said. “We look forward to some great games as all of these teams get the chance to face good competition before they head into their conference seasons. We expect another fantastic tournament.”

Webb City and 2017 runner-up Fort Smith Southside will get the tournament started at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6. That game will be followed by Clarksville vs. Waynesville at 5:30 p.m. Rogers and Carl Junction will play at 7 p.m., followed by Rogers Heritage-Mt. Vernon at 8:30 p.m.

There will be four games on Dec. 7-8 as well, with the championship game set for 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. A plaque will be presented to the champions, along with individual medals to the players of the championship team. Players from the second-place team also will receive individual medals as well. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Benton County
 

Focus on Greenwood Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, November 15 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Local children in the Greenwood area will benefit from a $2,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Focus on Greenwood facility in Greenwood. Jamie Skinner of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will be used to purchase a prosthetic devise for a local student as well as eyeglasses for students that are recommended by the school nurse. 

“The funds will be used to go toward the cost of the prosthetic device and some of the continuing care which will be required for our amputee, Miss Jessica Wilson,” Said Dr. Evan Rowe, Focus on Greenwood member, “With the grant from Arvest Bank, it is much easier for our organization, Focus on Greenwood, to provide the prosthetic device. As you can imagine, a prosthetic is extremely expensive and fortunately we are getting an exceptional deal both from Össur and from Francois Van Der Watt, and thanks to the generous donation we are able to make this event possible. Without the funding there would have been very little money to go toward other community programs, as the majority of the proceeds would have all gone to the prosthetic.

“Any extra funding left over after the prosthetic costs have been settled will be placed in the general fund to be used by Focus on Greenwood for other community needs. This could include glasses for kids, shoes for kids, medical assistance to those in need, scholarships for local seniors or to go toward purchasing things needed for those kids in the Angel Tree Program.”

“We are pleased to present Focus on Greenwood this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Skinner said. “With this donation, Focus on Greenwood was not only able to provide a prosthetic device to a very well-deserving recipient, but also able to have funds leftover to support many other needs in our community. We are very thankful for the Arvest Foundation allowing us to provide local support to the communities that we serve.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Foundation
 

Beyond Boundaries Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, November 13 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Individuals with disabilities in the Alma area will have access to unconventional treatment and therapy thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Beyond Boundaries facility in Alma. Jeremy Nuckolls of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help Beyond Boundaries to provide horse training therapy for local children and adults to conquer the physical, mental, and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. 

The Arvest Foundation donation also supports Beyond Boundaries cover the constant costs of the herd including:

  • Veterinary costs
  • Farrier (horseshoe) costs
  • Food and equipment

Jimmy McMinn of Beyond Boundaries explained, “Beyond Boundaries provides therapy services that utilize horses to help local children and adults conquer the physical, mental and emotional boundaries associated with disabilities. Our clients are your friends and neighbors with the greatest need, who gain the most benefit from the services we provide. We are thankful to Arvest for donating to Beyond Boundaries to help us cover the day-to-day operational expenses that we have.”

“A fellow associate (Chris Green) told me about the wonderful therapy work Beyond Boundaries was doing in our community,” said Nuckolls, branch sales manager., “We felt compelled to select them to be a recipient of the Arvest Foundation funds.” 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

De Queen Fire Department Receives Donation from the Arvest Foundation

Friday, November 09 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The local fire station in De Queen will be able to supplement their equipment with a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at the Arvest Bank open house in De Queen. J Bigham, Patti Boone, and Ted Sheets of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the City of De Queen Fire Department to purchase specialized equipment for the volunteer fire department. 

The De Queen Fire Department Chief, Dennis Pruitt, said, “My fellow firefighters and I are very appreciative of the donation. Patti and her team offered the money without the department’s request. The money will go towards purchasing pressure fans and equipment to detect heat in power lines by evaluating voltage levels.”

“We are pleased to present this donation to the De Queen Fire Department on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” said Patti Boone, branch sales manager at Arvest Bank. “We appreciate all that the fire department does to keep the city safe and wanted to show our appreciation to them by donating the foundation funds.” 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

City of Mena Receives Donation

Thursday, November 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Children in the Mena community will have a safe place to practice basketball thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 


The gift was announced at the Mena City Hall. Shawna Powell, Erica Sullivan, Theresa Young, Damon Miller, Chris Thrailkill and Mandy Rowe of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will be used to rebuild the basketball courts at Janssen Park. This improvement will please many local community members, as Janssen Park is a frequently visited park in Mena. 

“We are grateful to the foundation for their generous contribution to the City of Mena.” said George McKee, mayor of the city of Mena. “These funds will be used to rebuild the basketball courts in Janssen Park. The park is a well-loved feature of the community and the improved basketball courts will certainly benefit citizens from the entire area. The City of Mena is very pleased to partner with Arvest Bank on this exciting new project.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the City of Mena.” said Young, branch sales manager. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout our footprint. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to local communities in the region.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Foundation

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