Teachers Put Arvest Bank Prize Money to Good Use in Classrooms

Wednesday, December 13 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Banks recently awarded more than $15,000 to teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma, and the prizewinners in our Oklahoma City market already have plans to put their winnings to use in their classrooms. 

This marks the second year for the initiative in Oklahoma. The decision to award $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. 

“We know how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” said Brenda Gauntt, Arvest’s marketing manager in Oklahoma City. “We hope these awards will be recognized as a sign of how appreciative we are for all the hard work these teachers do for our children.” 

Here is a quick look at how the winners plan to use their winnings: 

  • Angela Braggs, Skyline Elementary, Stillwater: Games and materials to support our reading and math center.
  • Maryjane Burton, Choctaw High School, Choctaw: Purchasing new chairs for the performing arts center dressing rooms.
  • Hannah Hensley, Independence Elementary, Yukon: Materials for flexible seating for my classroom.
  • Jim Hudson, Mid-Del Technology Center, Midwest City: Four special tools used in the HVAC industry will be purchased for four students. There will be a monthly drawing and the individual holding the lucky ticket will get to choose their prize. Each student will have an opportunity to receive three tickets a day, based on meeting certain conditions.
  • Amber N. Neighbors, Central Junior High, Moore: Items such as floor pillows and low-standing tables. I also plan to purchase a few needed items like glue and colored pens. In addition, my classroom also has a library that I would like to update with a few new and popular titles such as April Henry and James Patterson books. 
  • Shelby Wagner, Frontier Elementary, Edmond: Purchasing items to help with flexible seating in my classroom, as well as materials for hands-on lessons and projects.
  • Sabra Wixson, Windsor Hills Elementary, Oklahoma City: Storage for station work, tools for arts infusion, technology opportunities, etc. I would also like to purchase a small laminator and laminating sheets for the classroom. 
  • Denise Andrews Wright, Truman Elementary, Norman: Items for hands-on Literacy and Math Centers, and stem bin materials to enhance the Science curriculum.
Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Conversations from the Top in Kansas City - Kathy Nelson

Thursday, December 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, Kathy Nelson, will be our guest of honor at the final session of Central Exchanges’ Conversations from the Top series for 2017. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
Kathy will provide her insight and experiences on Tuesday, December 19th from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central, Kansas City, MO 64105). Registration is required.
Nelson works to promote Kansas City sports locally and nationally with the goal of attracting, retaining and facilitating sports events and organizations. She helps the bi-state region realize the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports. In 2016, Nelson was selected to serve on the National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors.
Kathy first joined the KC Sports Commission in August 2010 as the WIN for KC Director then moved into President & CEO of the KC Sports Commission in November 2011. Prior to joining the KC Sports Commission staff, she was an active volunteer and member of WIN for KC and the KC Sports Commission for over ten years. Kathy was previously on the WIN for KC Advisory Board and has also been involved on the Women’s Sports Award Celebration committee. In 2010 she served as chair for the event, which featured Billie Jean King.
Before her time at KC Sports Commission, Nelson served in senior management roles in marketing, sales and promotions at Time Warner Cable and Metro Sports and held a number of roles at FOX 4/WDAF-TV in Kansas City including creative services manager, producer, reporter and editor.
Kathy has become a leader in Kansas City and was recognized in 2017 for her accomplishments when she was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the Women Who Mean Business. The Kansas City Star included her on their list of 20 Most Influential Sports Figures in Kansas City placing her at number five behind Clark Hunt, CEO/Owner of Kansas City Chiefs; Dayton Moore, Royals General Manager; Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City’s Coach/Technical Director; and David Glass, Owner of Kansas City Royals. In November 2017, Kathy and the Sports Commission were honored as Sports Commission of the Year from Compete Magazine. In 2018, Kathy will be participating in Dancing with the Kansas City Stars to benefit Cristo Rey School.
More info here.*
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Tags: Kansas City

24th annual Arkansas vs Oklahoma Cross Country High School All Stars Meet

Wednesday, December 06 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to once again sponsor the 24th annual Arkansas vs. Oklahoma Cross Country High School All Stars Meet, one of the longest events of its kind in the US. The 2017 race was held at Rogers (Arkansas) High School 5K Mountie Cross Country Course on Nov. 11 in cool, overcast conditions. The teams are comprised of top high school runners from each state, and the team results score the first ten finishers from each state.

In the boys race, Oklahoma placed a strong 1-2-3, and the score was tied at 30 after each team’s first five runners. Arkansas then tallied the next five to lead to a convincing 90-172 team win. Daniel Nichol of MacArthur (Lawton) High School from the Sooner State took individual honors in 16:16.54 over the 5,000-meter course. Close behind was Mooreland High School’ Collen McLain in 16:20.31, followed by Cliff Littleton of Shawnee High School in 16:22.34. The top Arkansas runner was Carter Reynolds of Maumelle High School who took fourth place overall in 16:29.20.
Josie Carson of Lake Hamilton High School led a stampede of Natural State runners in 18:40.58 as Arkansas took the first seven places to race to a 59-204 victory. Freshman Hailey Day of Rogers Heritage High School was second in 18:49.30, with another freshman, Ali Nachtigal of Rogers High School, close behind in third at 18:53.74.  Kenya Bailey of Midwest City High School was the first Oklahoma runner in at 19:28.13. 
Complete meet results can be found at MileSplitAR.*
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Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Oklahoma

Local Teams Set to Tip Off Basketball Season at Arvest Classic

Tuesday, November 28 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to host one of the most-anticipated early season boys basketball tournaments in the area, the Arvest Classic. 

The Arvest Classic will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and hosted by Springfield’s (Mo.) Parkview High School. Formerly known as the MBCA Hall of Fame Classic, this year’s eight-team tournament features two other local schools, Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and Nixa High School.
Five out-of-area teams will compete as well. Those teams are: De Smet Jesuit, Fayetteville (Ark.), Lafayette (Wildwood), Lafayette (St. Joe), and Raytown.
“The start of basketball season is always an exciting time, and we’re looking forward to seeing these teams in action,” Arvest Bank Springfield president Brad Crain said. “In addition to providing these teams with what we expect to be highly competitive games, the Arvest Classic should help them prepare for their conference seasons as well. We can’t wait for tip-off.”
Lafayette (Wildwood) will play Lafayette (St. Joe) in the opener at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. That game will be followed by Nixa vs. Fayetteville (Ark.). Host Parkview will play De Smet Jesuit at about 7 p.m., and Kickapoo will take on Raytown in the opening-day finale.
Friday games also start at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. The tournament championship game is expected to start at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
Tags: Fayetteville, Springfield

Arvest Winterfest Celebrates 10 Years in Tulsa with Photo Contest

Friday, November 17 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Winterfest is happy to announce its return to Downtown Tulsa for its 10th year on Nov. 24! Winterfest welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in 2016. The seasonal celebration is open to the public for 45 days this year, giving everyone a chance to enjoy skating beneath Tulsa's skyline. Come lace up your skates and take in what has become one of Tulsa's favorite holiday traditions!

To celebrate this great tradition, we are giving away some great prizes. Now through Dec. 21, all you have to do is comment on the contest post on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArvestBank*) with a photo of your child with his or her letter to Santa. Multiple winners will be randomly selected throughout the contest, and will be announced on our Facebook page as they are chosen. A Grand Prize winner will be selected on Dec. 21.

Arvest associates and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Immediate family is defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, or any other family member living in the associate’s home.

For more information about Winterfest, please visit http://tulsawinterfest.com/*.

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  • 4 tickets to Paw Patrol & 4 tickets to Winterfest on Nov. 25   
    • Valued at $228
    • Winner chosen Nov. 21
  • 4 tickets to Winterfest and Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9
    • Valued under $148
    • Winner chosen Nov. 30
  • Arvest Prize Pack (Includes 4 skate tickets, winter hat, & buffalo mug filled with goodies)
    • Valued under $100
    • 2 Winners, chosen Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 
  • 6 tickets to Tulsa Oilers Game and 6 tickets to Winterfest on Dec. 30
    • Valued at $282
    • Winner chosen Dec. 21 
  • Grand Prize – Nintendo Switch gaming system & 4 tickets to Winterfest
    • Valued at $348
    • Winner chosen Dec. 21




Tags: Tulsa

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