Arvest, Ultimate Auto Group Announce Charities to Benefit From Golf Tourney

Monday, June 18 at 11:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri, along with Ultimate Auto Group, will host the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home.


Proceeds from the annual tournament benefit up to three area nonprofit organizations that are chosen after an application process. The organizations that will benefit from the 2018 Charity Golf Tournament include Have a Heart Pet Shelter, North Arkansas Adoption Coalition and the West Plains, Missouri Sunrise Rotary Club’s backpack program.

Have a Heart Pet Shelter in Yellville houses homeless dogs and cats and works to find them a loving family who will adopt them. The organization also serves as the location for the Volunteer Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic that sterilized more than 800 animals in 2017. The shelter also worms and vaccinates animals in its care.

The North Central Arkansas Adoption Clinic supports children in North Central Arkansas who are victims of abuse or neglect, are in the custody of the state Department of Human Services and are living in foster homes waiting to be adopted. The clinic works with other foster care organizations to raise awareness of the needs of children who are in foster care and to try to increase the number of parents willing to adopt children in foster care.

The West Plains Rotary Club Backpack Program sends home nutritious food in backpacks with students in grades K-5 in the community who face food insecurity at home on weekends. In the spring of 2018, the backpack program sends as many as 125 backpacks of food home every week.

“The work the nonprofit organizations in our area accomplish, and the needs they meet, is nothing short of amazing, but we can’t assume it’s not a struggle to get the job done at times,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “That’s the entire mission of this annual golf tournament - to take an active role in supporting different organizations each year, and we can’t thank our surrounding communities enough for their continued support for more than two decades.”  To date, the charity golf tournament has contributed more than $187,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start for all players at 8:30 a.m.  Golfers will receive prizes for a hole-in-one as well as other prizes. For information on sponsorships or to register a team, contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com or by calling 870-449-7164.

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 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: Mountain Home
 

El Chico to Hold Give Back Night

Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

El Chico restaurant in Mountain Home is holding a give back night to help reduce food insecurity in the community. On Tuesday, April 24 from 5-9p.m., El Chico will donate 10 percent of the total meal sales that are purchased to Arvest Bank’s Feed the Pack initiative. 

Feed the Pack is a one-day donation drive in the communities of Mountain Home, Gassville, Flippin and Yellville that raises money for the Food Back of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, as well as other local backpack programs from other hunger relief organizations in the area. Backpack programs provide supplemental snacks for children on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and face food insecurity at home.

Arvest Bank created Feed the Pack Day in 2016 and has collected $35,000 during the past two fundraising drives, equating to 175,000 meals for local children who are supported by backpack programs.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to have dinner together and support a very important cause at the same time,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Any of us could face food insecurity, at any time, so I hope we can come together to support the hundreds of children who benefit from these programs, and that we keep donations top of mind throughout the year.”

In order for 10 percent of the meal ticket to be contributed to the Feed the Pack initiative, customers must present a voucher from Arvest Bank. Vouchers may be picked up at any Arvest Bank location in Mountain Home. El Chico is located at 45 Charles Blackburn Drive in Mountain Home.

Feed the Pack Day is one of several grassroots projects that is held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of hunger relief efforts across the four-state territory Arvest serves. All donations made in Mountain Home remain local to support the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and the various hunger relief organizations it supports through other backpack programs.

Mountain Home residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: Arvest, Mountain Home
 

Arvest Bank Sets Date for “Feed the Pack,” Calls for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will hold a one-day donation drive called “Feed the Pack Day” in multiple cities across Baxter and Marion Counties to help reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas. Donations to Feed the Pack will support area backpack food programs that provide food for school children on weekends and holidays, times when they may not have access to enough food.  

Arvest Bank is asking for individuals or groups of volunteers who can assist with the collection drive at various locations.  

On Friday, April 27, community volunteers will be stationed at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will also be located outside Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home, Shoe Sensation in Mountain Home, and SunFest in Gassville from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All donations directly support the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program, as well as other organizations in Baxter and Marion counties that operate a backpack program.  

“The backpack programs in this area serve a widespread need and they are often the difference for hundreds of children between having food and going without a meal,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “We see an increased need for food during the summer months, when children don’t have access to school meal programs. The financial support we receive now helps us stock our shelves later in the year, when donations begin to get sparse.” Quick said more than 600 children in Baxter County alone are served by backpack programs.  

Arvest Bank created Feed the Pack Day in 2016 and has collected $35,000 during the past two fundraising drives, equating to 175,000 meals for local children who are supported by backpack programs. In addition, 4,000 nonperishable food items have been collected during Feed the Pack.  

“Our success for these children depends upon two things – the number of volunteers we have to accept donations, and the generosity of the wonderful people in these communities,” said

Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “A donation of only one dollar provides five meals, so we have the potential to help ensure these children don’t go hungry for the remainder of this year.” 

Individual volunteers, groups or businesses who are interested in volunteering for Feed the Pack Day may sign up online here, or they may contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com.  

Radio station KTLO 97.9 FM will broadcast live updates on the amount of money raised throughout the day, with the announcement of the grand total planned for 7 p.m. The Baxter Bulletin will post updates on its web site as well.  

Feed the Pack Day is a community event that is held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure.  

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well.

 

About Arvest Bank

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 15 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: Mountain Home, North Central Arkansas
 

Mayor Proclaims April 27 “Feed the Pack Day”

Wednesday, April 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home, Ark. Mayor Joe Dillard has declared Friday, April 27 as “Feed the Pack Day.” 

Feed the Pack Day is a one-day donation drive led by Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas to collect monetary donations in surrounding communities in support of the food bank’s backpack program and other organizations in Baxter and Marion Counties that operate a backpack program. Backpack programs send snacks home with children who face food insecurity on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to their school meal programs. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas supports more than 600 children in Baxter County alone through its backpack program. 

“This is an opportunity for our community to make a lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of children in our area and the good news is that a small donation goes a long way,” said Joe Dillard, mayor of Mountain Home. “For every dollar that is donated, our food partners can provide five meals for children. I hope we will all work together on Feed the Pack Day so the results from this event fill many, many backpacks with supplemental food for months to come.”

On April 27, Arvest Bank associates and local volunteers will collect donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will also be located outside Harp’s in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Individuals or groups who would like to volunteer at Feed the Pack may contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com, by phone at (870) 449-7164, or they may sign up at

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BAEA828A6FD0-arvest.

This is the third year Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas have organized Feed the Pack Day.

Feed the Pack is part of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. Every Arvest Bank market works with a local food partner, so all donations made in a particular community stay local. 

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough nonperishable food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

For more information on the 1 Million Meals campaign, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Mountain Home
 

Arvest Bank Hosts Free Shred-A-Thon in Mountain Home, Ark

Wednesday, April 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home, Ark. Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be properly disposed of to help guard against identity theft. All documents will be shredded on-site so residents can be assured the documents have been destroyed.

Although shredding services are offered free of charge, participants are invited to make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Donations help provide food for the organization’s backpack program, and to other organizations across North Central Arkansas that operate a backpack program in conjunction with the food bank. Backpack programs provide snacks for school children on weekends when they don’t have access to school meal programs. In Baxter County alone, more than 600 children benefit from the backpack program. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas serves tens of thousands of families across a nine county area.

“Food pantries face challenges to keep shelves stocked throughout the year, but certainly during the late spring and summer months when there is an increased demand for food,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon event provides the community with an opportunity to help local neighbors who are facing food insecurity; plus, we are trying to reduce the community’s chances of being a victim of identity theft, while protecting the environment through paper recycling.”

The 2017 Shred-a-thon resulted in 20,000 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 11,420 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 9th annual event. Since 2010, more than 63,000 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $12,264 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help reduce hunger in Baxter County as part of the bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign. The two-month campaign encourages communities to contribute food or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state area the bank serves, through June 2.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 27 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, Flippin and Yellville will collect monetary donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home and outside of Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.  

“In 2017, we distributed 2.7 million pounds of food through the food bank alone,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “While that is a tremendous amount of food, the need is even greater and we’re challenged to fulfill that need 12 months throughout the year. Food insecurity is a community issue that requires a community response.”

Local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from the Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon, with an opportunity for listeners to open the station’s popular treasure chest.

There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding. 

Tags: Arkansas, Mountain Home

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