Arvest Provides More than 1.8 Million Meals

Thursday, June 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Thank you for helping us raise 11 million-plus meals and $2 million-plus in seven-year history of initiative.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised a seven-year total of 11,485,468 meals, which includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 1,881,283 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

We are thrilled to be able to provide – thanks to the hard work and generosity of our associates, customers and community members – these meals to our neighbors in need. We also hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness, and we remain committed to fighting hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. 

All money and food items raised through this campaign directly benefitted more than 70 different organizations feeding local communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Join Cyber Security Seminar in Southwest Oklahoma June 28

Wednesday, June 07 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

You’re invited to a free seminar – Cyber Security: Identifying and Mitigating Risks to Your Business – on Wednesday, June 28, 2 – 4 p.m. at McMahon Lecture Hall at Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center 1601 S.W. Parkridge Blvd., Lawton, Okla. 

Learn how to safeguard your business with education on the current risk environment and tools available to help. You’ll learn: 
  • Characteristics: How fraud works, victim selection and perpetration methods 
  • Protection: Technical/business process enhancements and fraud loss liability 
  • Detection: Monitoring, warning signs and anti-virus software 
  • Response: Compromised computer handling and reporting suspicious activity 
Speaking will be Jon Pascoe, CISSP, CIPP/US, HCISPP, and director of information security and privacy at Arvest Bank. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Seating is limited. Please register online* by Friday, June 23. For more information contact Angela Spradlin at or call (580) 250-4540.

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

Tags: Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Community Support, Oklahoma, Southwest Oklahoma

Friday Financial Forum June 9 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, June 06 at 04:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, June 9 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 speaker is Joe Todd  veteran, historian and writer  who 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 is a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and intervention in Haiti, who 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 an informative presentation commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day.

On the morning of June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded Western Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest amphibious attack in history. During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. The invasion is known as D-Day.

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

Conversations from the Top in Kansas City June 14

Friday, June 02 at 06:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Kimberly Young, executive director of the Bloch Executive Education Center, will speak at our fourth event of the 2017 Conversations from the Top series which is a moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership in Kansas City. 

Kimberly will share her wisdom on June 14, 2017, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central., Kansas City, Mo.). Registration* is required.
In the Conversation from the Top series, you’ll hear inspirational stories from women who have faced challenging issues as they worked their way to the top of their field. They will share insights about their journey and give you things to think about in how you can achieve your own goals. 
June’s speaker, Kimberly has worked in multiple industries with world-class clients such as Coca Cola Company, H&R Block, Eli Lilly, Boeing, 3M Corporation and Sprint. She has spent more than 20 years helping organizations grow revenue and optimize operations. 
Prior to joining the Bloch School, Kimberly worked for the global consulting firm, Ernst & Young (Cap Gemini) and was national director of strategy, research and planning for global management services corporation ARAMARK. In her current role, as executive director at the University of Missouri — Kansas City, she builds relationships with the local community to create mutually valuable partnerships between academia, enterprise, government and non-profit.
She is active in her community through board service and volunteer work. She is the immediate past chair of the board of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and serves on the board of directors for the Central Exchange. She has also served on the board of Alphapointe Association, Renaissance Theatre Project in Atlanta Georgia, co-chair of the Kansas City Duke Club and a member of the Junior League of Kansas City and the Jackson County Missouri Links.

Kimberly attended Duke University where she earned a B.A. in public policy studies and Cornell University where she earned an M.B.A. as well as a master’s of management in hospitality.

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

Tags: Community Support, Kansas City

Aaron Reddin Drives for a Better Future – People Helping People Series

Thursday, June 01 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Aaron Reddin spends his days serving the needs of the homeless. After working for years as a director for local shelters, he learned what homeless individuals deal with on a daily basis. That inspired him to leave his job and start his own organization* to meet their immediate needs. 
“It started with just emailing all my friends and telling them to cough up the coats they had in their closet one winter and loading it down in my Toyota Yaris,” Aaron Reddin said. “Just going out and finding people that needed a hand and needed a friend. And just doing what I could from there.”
He soon realized he needed a bigger vehicle to carry all the supplies. That’s how The Van* was created. Initially, Aaron received a well-used van from a total stranger who believed in the cause. Seven days a week, The Van provides clothes and other items to those who are homeless. He has since purchased a brand new van with cash from more than 500 donors.
The work of Aaron and his team give hope to those who need assistance.
Aaron’s work has expanded and now better serves those who are not close to a shelter, and who don’t have access to quality food.
“We’re about bringing dignity with stuff. So we said hey let’s start a garden. Let’s just start a garden and see what happens.”
“Never really thought it would turn into chickens and bees and all kinds of other things.”
As the garden grows, this food provides dozens of meals every night to the people “The Van” serves. 
Aaron knows the work is hard, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to achieve his vision.
“My end goal is to work ourselves out of business. I would love for there to be no reason for this to exist because we did it,” Reddin said. 
Watch Aaron in action.
Aaron’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.  
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People

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