De Queen Police Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Friday, September 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The De Queen Police Department will gain a new teammate thanks to a $4,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the De Queen branch.

Thanks to the donation from the Arvest Foundation, officer Jarrin Platt was able to attend the Little Rock K-9 Academy Aug 5-16, where he received a total of 80 hours training with his new partner, Raptor. Raptor is a 2-year old male Belgian Malinois who is trained in Narcotics Detection, Bite and Tracking. 

“On behalf of the City of De Queen, we would like to thank the Arvest Foundation for this donation and all that they do for the community,” Platt said.

“We are honored to present this donation to the De Queen Police Department,” Patti Boone, Arvest branch sales manager, said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the De Queen police force and the community that they serve. This donation is just one of many examples that shows Arvest is committed to positively impacting the community.”

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Arvest Bank Celebrates Opening of New Russellville Branch

Tuesday, September 17 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce the opening of its new branch in Russellville. The branch will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The new branch is located at 815 N. Arkansas Ave. and is approximately 4,000 SF. It officially opened for business on Aug. 28.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone to our newly completed branch,” said Shawn Bates, community president Arvest Bank in the River Valley Region. “We’ve been waiting with great anticipation for this building to be completed, and look forward to continuing to provide the people of Russellville with our products and services.”

During the grand opening celebration, checks will be presented to two local non-profit organizations: Russ Bus Inc. and Augsburg Food Pantry.

Please come hungry, as hamburgers and hot dogs will be served after a brief presentation by the Russellville High School choir, the Arkansas Tech ROTC Cadets, and the Russellville Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Arvest’s new branch will feature four drive-through lanes and 32 parking spaces. Inside, Arvest will provide its full range of services, including consumer lending, deposit services, commercial and small business lending, mortgage loans, mortgage servicing, and Arvest Wealth Management.

The new branch’s lobby is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and our drive-thru is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.


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Arvest Bank Names Ballroom in Red Wolf Convention Center

Monday, September 16 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The grand ballroom in the newly-constructed Embassy Suites by Hilton and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro will be the Arvest Ballroom when the hotel opens in November.

Arvest Bank secured the naming rights of the almost 15,000 square foot space for the next 17 years in an agreement with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC. The Arvest Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 guests and may be partitioned off to create seven individual meeting spaces.

The addition of Red Wolf Convention Center creates a third major meeting and event venue adjacent to the Arkansas State University campus. It is the second-largest meeting space, and the only true ballroom space, in Jonesboro.

“Jonesboro continues to flourish as a regional destination for entertainment events, and certainly university-related activities, and we look forward to hosting guests in this beautiful new space,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Jonesboro.

“We are proud to partner with Arvest Bank as our Red Wolf Convention Center ballroom naming sponsor. Arvest’s great reputation for excellence in business and banking will be a real asset to the image and reputation of our facility,” said Tim O’Reilly CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, and managing member of the facilities’ ownership group.

“As a new business member of the Jonesboro community, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the O’Reilly Management team, which manages outstanding properties nationwide,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in central, northeast and southwest Arkansas. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of this new venue that will be a great asset to the university, students, their families and out-of-state guests.”

O’Reilly Hospitality Management anticipates that more than 25,000 guests will attend events in Red Wolf Convention Center during the first year. The all-suite hotel consists of 203 suites, an on-site restaurant, on-site catering featuring food prepared by a professionally trained chef, indoor pool and fitness center. Event and meeting space can accommodate 200 trade show booths.

The hotel and convention center is located on the campus of Arkansas State University at 223 Red Wolf Blvd., adjacent to ASU’s sports facilities.

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Arvest Bank, Genuine Care Pharmacy Charity Golf Tourney Set for Oct. 26

Monday, September 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The charity golf tournament hosted by Arvest Bank and Genuine Care Pharmacy is set for Oct. 26 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club, with a 12:30 shotgun start. Organizers were forced to reschedule the tournament as a result of severe weather in August.

The tournament includes lunch that begins at 11 a.m. in the club house. Each entry fee includes mulligans, gifts and door prizes. Prizes for special event holes will also be awarded to men and women who are “closest to the line,” “closest to the pin,” who make “the longest putt” and who make a hole-in-one. Winners of two “pay to play” holes also will be awarded prizes.

All of the proceeds from the 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament are divided among area non-profit organizations that submit applications to be selected as a charity of the year. This year, the benefitting organizations are Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Baxter County; Sanctuary, Inc. of Harrison; School of New Hope, Inc.; and Serenity, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

“This tournament has provided much-needed supplemental funding for a variety of nonprofit organizations in our area, so we hope golfers across North Central Arkansas will form a team, join us for some fun and help us support these local charities,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home.

The tournament is a two-person scramble with men’s or mixed teams. Entry fees are $200 per team, which includes a cart and team mulligans. To register or ask questions about the tournament, contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at

 About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

 About Arvest Wealth Management

Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

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Arvest Foundation Donation Supports MHSD, Peitz Cancer Support House

Wednesday, September 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Friday night’s high school football match-up between the Mountain Home Bombers and the Harrison Goblins was full of surprises on the sidelines, but not from the student athletes.

After the first quarter, representatives from the Arvest took the field and announced four $5,000 gifts from the Arvest Foundation. The Mountain Home High School booster club, band and the Mountain Home Education Fund each received donations in memory of Lucas Todd, a Mountain Home High junior who was killed in a pedestrian accident before the beginning of this school year.

Todd was involved in athletics and band, and had intentions of applying for the Promise Scholarship from the Mountain Home Education Fund.

“Our students and community will always remember Lucas for his character, perseverance, achievements and his kind heart,” said Dr. Jake Long, superintendent of the Mountain Home School District. “This gift is a lasting way to honor him, as it will benefit many students this year and in the future. On behalf of our students, their parents and our faculty, we are very appreciative of the thoughtfulness and generosity behind these donations.”

In recognition of the theme of Friday’s game, “Tackle Cancer,” Arvest asked anyone in the stands who was battling cancer, or who had tackled cancer, to stand and be recognized. In recognition of their battle, and in honor of each individual, Arvest representatives presented a surprise donation of $5,000 to the Peitz Cancer Support House.

“The fight against cancer is draining – for those who are ill, and for their families,” said Melissa Hudson, director of the Peitz Cancer Support House. “Every gesture of support for our patients is incredibly meaningful and beneficial in their recovery, so we are very grateful to Arvest for this support.”

“Tonight was very meaningful for us and we were honored to be able to support the people of Mountain Home through these investments in education and health care,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our communities are stronger, healthier and a greater place to live when work together to support our friends and neighbors.”

Prior to the game, Arvest and the Peitz Cancer Support House co-hosted a Bomber tailgate party at the stadium to celebrate the first home conference game of the season.


About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to

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