Shop for a Cause on May 25 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tuesday, May 23 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Love, Hope & Cure Designs will be holding a Shop For A Cause day on May 25 with 10 percent of their sales going to 1 Million Meals. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located at 2820 E. Millennium in Fayetteville, Ark.

Love, Hope & Cure was founded by Cindy Johnson with the intention of giving back to the community and helping those in need. They offer t-shirts from Southern Trends, jewelry, purses, scarves, candles, fun beverage glasses and much more!

Cindy shares the Love, Hope & Cure story …
Our story begins the day God blessed us with the birth of our first baby, a beautiful baby girl we named Evie. Under most circumstances this first sentence would suggest the beginning of a normal, healthy life for a child who is loved and for whom there are many hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Within days, Evie’s whole body began to shake. This turned into many trips to hospitals. Actually as I look back, hospital visits and long stays across the country became second nature to us. Our focus then was a diagnosis. We searched hard! 
 
It took us 22 years to find out our angel had CDKL5. It is a very rare disease. Please visit shemadeadifference.org* to know about CDKL5. Awareness is a big part of our mission. Although Evie cannot move without supervision, she is the light of our life. And even though she cannot talk, her gentle spirit, soft in nature shines the light of beauty wherever she is.  
 
We were desperate parents. If you’ve ever had a child and you’ve tried everything to help them without success – you know what crazy is. We spent most of our lives trying to find a diagnosis and even just how to help her. We traveled the country, read, studied and loved – that was all we knew how to do. Twenty-two years later we found her diagnosis; there was no cure.  
 
What we learned from Evie. Through it all – the needles, the seizures, the trips, the noise, the siblings, the lack of sleep, the help, the diapers, the feeding tube, the surgeries, and the list goes on – we focused on trying so hard to solve all the problems. One day we realized we had succeeded at one thing – we loved.  
 
I remember looking at Evie, and asking God – what do we do? And I knew then – what was important was to focus on her beauty. Evie is a beautiful girl, but we mean her inside beauty which has triumphed over clumsy parents, desperate parents and searching parents. Her inside beauty finally allowed us to realize we were doing everything we could. We could finally crawl into bed at night and know that she knows we get it – because she smiles.  
 
Love, Hope & Cure Designs – what is it and why bling and beauty? Evie taught us about beauty; she taught us how to love without condition. We know surface beauty is just that, but we also know that there are many who suffer, whether it is an individual with a disability, an injured soldier, a child battling cancer, a couple who has tried everything to have a child, an individual taking care of their parent with Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on and on. 
 
So many individuals have different issues, different situations and different causes that need our support. Their issues can cause them to just feel a little defeated. They might just need a little hug from a scarf, a little bling to lift their spirits, or a sweet gift from a friend to carry them through the rough time. Or, you might be buying pretties. We wanted to find a way that people could buy bling and beauty or a sweet gift and in doing so pass on the greatest gift of hope a person could give – a blessing in honoring their cause.  Love, Hope & Cure Designs is a boutique for a cause! We reach out to you for support. Please help us honor Evie and the thousands like her, who un-selfishly serve in ways they never thought possible.   
 
Giving back is the reason Love, Hope & Cure was founded and 1 Million Meals is just one of many local initiatives they donate to.   

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville
 

Class on Facebook and Instagram for Small Businesses in Kansas City

Tuesday, May 23 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Are you a small business in Kansas City? SolveKC will be conducting a free class open to the public titled, “Social Media for your Small Business – Facebook & Instagram,” on June 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Arvest Bank (7401 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan.). R.S.V.P. to Monica Dahl at mdahl@arvest.com or (913) 953-4188.

The featured speakers, Aviva Ajmera and Teddi Hernandez, are owners of SolveKC.

Teddi is SoLVE’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Prior to starting SoLVE, Teddi was co-owner and president of Just for Her Marketing and Retail Events. Teddi deeply understands the needs and challenges of local small business owners. She identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City, so she created SoLVE.

Teddi’s career began as a legislative assistant in Washington D.C., and she worked on multiple state and presidential campaigns. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards. Hallmark brought her to Kansas City where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions. She led strategic alliances with companies like Apple, Disney Consumer Products, American Girl, Starbuck’s and Major League Baseball.
 
Teddi’s commitment to community service is extensive. She was co-founder of the National Race for the Cure in Washington D.C. and co-founder and chairperson of Kansas City Race for the Cure. She has served on the boards for Camp Encourage and Kansas City Komen Foundation. She is currently a board member for Children’s International and for the Blue Valley Special Olympics. She serves many ministries at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal church.  
 
Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Pol University in Oxford, England. Her passion for American politics led her to the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she completed her coursework for a master’s degree in political science. 
 
Aviva is SoLVE’s co-founder, president and chief operating officer. After almost 25 years of leading strategy creation and implementation, new product development, brand management, consumer marketing and organization re-design, there’s no marketing problem Aviva hasn’t SoLVEd.
 
Prior to SoLVE, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group and worked for Accenture. She’s consulted for Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.
 
Before her consulting years, she was a senior leader at Hallmark Cards in many areas including product development, innovation, retail, corporate strategy, customer strategy and business transformation. She launched, grew and re-invented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers like Disney, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Walmart and Walgreens.
 
Aviva is an accredited angel investor and the vice chair with the Women’s Capital Connection, Kansas City’s only female angel investing group. She is an active member of the Central Exchange and is also on the board of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).
 
Aviva has a bachelor’s degree in economics and policy studies from Rice University and an M.B.A. in marketing, management, strategy and non-profit management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  

Tags: Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Community Support, Kansas City
 

Friday Financial Forum May 26 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, May 23 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, May 26 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.* 

This week our featured speakers are Martin Garber, Bartlesville Promise and Joe Todd, veteran, historian and writer.

In 2015, Martin Garber, along with other local education supporters, teamed up with Bartlesville school officials and designed a pilot program to help struggling students live up to their potential and have a successful future. The dozen or so civic leaders behind Bartlesville Education Promise have made much progress, providing weekly tutoring and summer enrichment activities that will span over the next three years at an estimated annual cost of about $50,000. Garber will be bringing an update on the organization’s progress to date and plans for the future. 

Joe Todd is well known across the state for his extensive interviews of veterans who have served their country with honor, publicizing their narratives for future generations. Todd, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and intervention in Haiti, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. His grandfather served in World War I and his father served in World War II. He will bring a special presentation for the upcoming May 29 Memorial Day observance. 

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. Julie Daniels, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report and Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed**, Arvest Wealth Management
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Invite a friend and come enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area!   

If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

**Josh Randolph Oklahoma Insurance License #122041 and Sonya Reed Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796 

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Share Your Oklahoma State Park Pics for Chance to Win

Monday, May 22 at 07:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Do you love Oklahoma scenery as much as we do?! We’re running a contest May 22-29, 2017, so we can enjoy these sites with you! Post a picture on Facebook or/and Instagram of yourself, a family member or a friend visiting an Oklahoma State Park and tag it with #arvestlovesokparks! If you’ve already got a picture at an Oklahoma State Park posted to Facebook or Instagram, then just add #arvestlovesokparks to enter it for a prize! Enter as many pictures as you like! 

One winner on Facebook and one winner on Instagram will each win a made in Oklahoma gift basket! To be eligible to win, Facebook and Instagram posts need to be public when winners are selected on May 30, 2017. Entrants are only eligible to win one of the two prizes. 
 
We’re proud of the beautiful sites to see in Oklahoma which is why we recently released six debit card designs featuring images from throughout the state including: Beavers Bend, Boiling Springs, Lake Murray, Osage Hills, Robbers Cave and Roman Nose. The cards are available to new and current Arvest Bank customers at any bank location across Oklahoma, as well as the communities the bank serves in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. View these new card designs on our website.  
 
Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as any spouse, parent, child or sibling, along with any other family member living in the Arvest associate’s home. 

Tags: Bartlesville, Debit Cards, Lawton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma, Tulsa
 

New Arvest Debit Cards Showcase Oklahoma State Parks

Monday, May 22 at 07:30 AM
Category: Arvest News

Limited edition cards to display popular destinations across Oklahoma.

Arvest Bank and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department collaborated to create a series of specialty debit cards that showcase some of the state’s most popular state park attractions. 

The six debit card designs feature images from throughout the state, including Beavers Bend, Boiling Springs, Lake Murray, Osage Hills, Robbers Cave and Roman Nose. The cards will be available to new and current Arvest Bank customers at any bank location across Oklahoma, as well as the communities the bank serves in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, on May 22.

“This opportunity gives our customers access to unique designs for their specialty cards, along with the ability to show their sense of pride in Oklahoma State Parks and promote it every time a transaction is made,” said Angela Spradlin, Southwest Oklahoma marketing manager for Arvest Bank. “These six cards showcase distinct places, but each one displays some of the inherent beauty to be found in the state of Oklahoma.”

“In celebrating 80 years of Oklahoma State Parks, we want to share all of the wonderful sites Oklahoma offers, so it was an easy decision to partner with Arvest Bank, and to have the opportunity to promote our parks outside the state as well,” said Kris Marek, director of Oklahoma State Parks.   

Debit cards are free to customers who open a new account with Arvest or they may be purchased to replace an existing card for $7.50.  See the limited-edition designs on our website.

Tags: Bartlesville, Debit Cards, Lawton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Press Release, Southwest Oklahoma

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