Pope County Fair Board Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, August 14 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Funds will be used to help purchase audio and visual equipment, maintenance needed on tractors to keep in good condition, and other equipment. 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (July 30, 2018) – Pope County Fair Board will be able to purchase audio and visual equipment, and perform maintenance on tractors, and other equipment to improve operations thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at the Pope County Fair Grounds in Russellville. Shawn Bates, Community Bank President of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Steve Rogers, Pope County Fair Board. 

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Pope County Fair Board will be utilized to help purchase audio and visual equipment, maintenance needed on tractors to keep in good condition, and other equipment. 

“With the generous donation from the Arvest Foundation, the Pope County Fair Association will be able to continue to improve the quality of the entertainment of the yearly fair that will be held on September 11-15, at the Pope County Fair Grounds,” stated Steve Rogers, Pope County Fair Board. “We encourage all of the River Valley citizens to make an effort to attend the fair and see the improvements made possible by donors like our friends of the Arvest Foundation. Once again, thank you very much to the Arvest Foundation!” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Pope County Fair Board who have dedicated their time to providing and promoting livestock shows, entertainment, and fairs for all ages of the Pope County Community.” said Shawn Bates, Arvest Bank. “The Arvest Foundation wants to continue to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our local community. We are people helping people, while putting the needs of our community and customers above all else.” 

About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to www.arvestfoundation.org.

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Arvest Bank Announces Gullett Hiring

Tuesday, August 14 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Christy Gullett to join its Arvest Wealth Management team.


Gullett comes to Arvest with 15 years of industry experience, including 13 working specifically in the area of wealth management. In her role as a vice president and regional investment officer at Arvest, Gullett will help identify services and solutions for clients, specifically in the areas of advanced estate planning and wealth transfer strategies, among other duties.

Gullett is a graduate of Missouri Southern with bachelor’s degree in finance, with an emphasis in financial planning. Among other civic endeavors, Gullett has volunteered for the United Way, Joplin Humane Society and Ozarks Public Television. She lives in Joplin. 

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Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Monday, August 13 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Funds will be used to assist with completion of a major utility project to install electricity at the Kamp. 

Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation will install electricity at the Kamp thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at the weekly Kiwanis meeting in Russellville. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Earl “Spud” Westmoreland, Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation. 

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation will be utilized to assist with completion of a major utility project to install electricity at the Kamp. 

“Thanks to a benevolent and much-appreciated grant from the Arvest Foundation, combined with other donations obtained this last year, the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp expects to finally break ground in August for our highly anticipated project to provide electricity to the Kamp,” Westmoreland said. “If your group is interested in either overnight camping or attending a Kamp day camp, please contact us by visiting our website at kampkiwanismoar.org.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation who have dedicated their time to serving and educating the kids and families of the Russellville area.” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our local community and their families.” 

About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to www.arvestfoundation.org.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Foundation
 

Lewis Changes Roles in Little Rock

Sunday, August 12 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Shelley Lewis has transitioned to the role of commercial banker in Little Rock.

Lewis has 19 years of experience, including stints as a mortgage and consumer lender at Arvest. She is a graduate of the Paul W. Barrett Jr. Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. In her new role, Lewis will cultivate deep, mutually beneficial relationships with small and medium-sized business clients in the Little Rock Metro area, and generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other responsibilities.

“Shelley has been with Arvest for 15 years and has an invaluable amount of knowledge to help our customers with their commercial lending needs,” said Marcus Guinn, loan manager for Arvest in Central Arkansas. “I am excited to see her grow in this new role.”

Lewis will be based out of the Arvest branch located at 500 Broadway St. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Doug, and their son. She is a member of the Junior League of Little Rock, a former board member for the central Arkansas chapter of The Risk Management Association, and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

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Arkansas Crisis Center Receives $9,700 Donation

Friday, August 03 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arkansas Crisis Center will be able to provide necessary training to their staff thanks to a $9,700 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the Arkansas Crisis Center in Springdale. Chris Thornton, Stacy Matlock and Julie Shook of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check to Emily Gilbertson.

“The Arkansas Crisis Center is incredibly grateful for this donation from the Arvest Foundation, as it will allow us to become certified to train others in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), which is extremely limited in the state. Arkansas ranks 14th in the nation for number of deaths by suicide,” said Gilbertson, crisis services program manager. “Making this training more available to Arkansans is crucial in combatting the rising rate of suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Arkansas Crisis Center. Awareness of this organization is imperative in saving lives across the state of Arkansas,” said Stacy Matlock, commercial banker in Springdale and ACC board member. “This donation will help in promoting awareness and provide the necessary training to more people interested in helping the ACC reach their vision for Arkansas to have zero suicides by 2025.”

Tags: Arvest, Springdale

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