Coloring Contest Set for June 24 in Bentonville, Ark.

Thursday, June 22 at 03:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Attention young Bentonville artists, it’s your time to shine! Arvest and the Early Childhood Initiatives Center* in Bentonville, Ark. will be hosting a coloring contest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 24, at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market - Kids Art Park.* 

The lucky winner will have his or her artwork featured on an Arvest Bank debit card, along with the Early Childhood Initiatives Center logo. The debit card will be available to new and current Arvest Bank customers at any bank location across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
Children are invited to visit the Arvest tent, located in front of Pressroom,* to participate in the contest. There is no fee to enter. A panel of Arvest and Early Childhood Initiatives Center representatives will select the winning entry. The winner will be announced Monday, July 10.
We’re excited to see imaginations soar at this fun event! Hope to see you there!
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Community Support, Debit Cards

Charolette Tidwell Supports Healthy Eating – People Helping People Series

Friday, June 16 at 05:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

At a young age, Charolette Tidwell realized the importance of community and how working together can make a huge impact in someone’s life.

“I was raised poor, with 10 kids in the house;” however, “my community always said, ‘You can be anything you want to be, you can do anything you want to do, but you can’t leave anybody behind,’” Charolette said.

Her upbringing inspired her to start the Antioch for Youth and Family* organization, which provides food assistance to approximately 7,000 people each month.

Charolette’s goal is to provide food for families and educate them on the importance of good nutrition. 

“Good food keeps you well,” Charolette said. “And it keeps you up, it keeps you mobile, it keeps your brain fed so that you’re able to think.”

Charolette has focused on planting and growing healthy food in a community garden. As more children come to work in the garden, Charolette has seen a big change in the community. 

“Now what the garden has done to this area is phenomenal. We see houses in these three block areas being refurbished. We see people walking with their dogs and walking over to the garden with their children and talking to the kids about the garden.”

Charolette hopes the project she began will blossom into an even greater contribution to her community.

“My dream is that there is a resurgence in the areas we’re in,” Charolette said. “That people care for people…that people are concerned for people and that people jointly lift each other.”

“It is a revitalization of a community, block by block. That’s what we intend to achieve,” Charolette said. 

Watch* Charolette in action.

Charolette’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, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People

Friday Financial Forum June 16 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, June 13 at 04:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, June 16 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’s featured speaker will be Clay Nickel, CPM® vice president, portfolio manager and director of investment strategy and an integral member of AWM’s portfolio management team and overall money management effort. 

As director of investment strategy, Clay is responsible for the development and oversight of the Investment Management Group (IMG) product line and serves as the main spokesman for IMG and the AWM portfolio management team with customers, prospects and advisors. Prior to joining Arvest in 2010, Clay was a portfolio manager for a $4 billion community bank in the Midwest and managed a $300 million investment portfolio for high net worth individuals and institutions. 

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

Medical Info Forum June 15 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Friday, June 09 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dr. Michael Sughrue, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Neurosurgery, will be the speaker at a Special Medical Information Forum being held on Thursday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Arvest’s Eastside Branch, 4225 SE Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla.*, in the Celebrity Room. You may have seen Dr. Sughrue in the news utilizing a cutting-edge technique for brain surgery where the patient is wide-awake or most recently, for operating successfully on a patient for what had been called an inoperable brain tumor.
Dr. Sughrue is a native Oklahoman from Bartlesville, who attended his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. After training at several world-renowned brain tumor centers, he returned to Oklahoma to provide world class care to Oklahomans with complex brain tumors. He was a founding member and is current director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center at OU Medical Center’s Stevenson Cancer Center. 
His practice focuses entirely on adult brain tumors, and he performs nearly 400 brain tumor operations per year. His specific interests include removal of gliomas from critical brain regions such as speech and motor parts of the brain, skull base surgery, keyhole brain surgery, endonasal endoscopic skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma surgery. Dr Sughrue has published over 140 publications in the scientific literature, and has co-edited several textbooks. He is an innovator in minimally invasive brain tumor surgery and has taught courses to neurosurgeons all over the world about how to perform these operations.
In addition, using advanced language mapping techniques, he is often able to successfully remove many brain tumors deemed inoperable at other centers. The language mapping effort he established at OU is one of the busiest awake brain surgery programs in the United States, performing several awake brain surgeries a month.
Dr. Sughrue’s education includes: Fellowship: Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Randwick, NSW, Australia; Residency: University of California at San Francisco, Dept. of Neurological Surgery; Surgical Internship: University of California at San Francisco, Department of Surgery; Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
His honors, awards and professional associations  include:
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2001
  • American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2003
  • American Medical Association: Seed Research Grant, 2004
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2005
  • Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize for Excellence in Immunobiology Research, 2005
  • Synthes Skull Base Award, 2008 American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2008
  • AANS- NREF Resident Research Fellowship, 2009
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Training Grant (NIH-NINDS), 2009
  • Ronald L. Bittner Award, 2010 American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2010
  • Rosegay Award: San Francisco Neurologic Society, 2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 2005
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2006
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2006
Please join us for a particularly interesting and informative talk by Dr. Sughrue, one of the top brain surgeons in the country. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! 
Tags: Community Support

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

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